Manchester

Homes evacuated and M62 closed due to Rochdale gas leak

M62 Image copyright Traffic camera
Image caption Motorway cameras captured queuing traffic as a result of the M62 closure

A stretch of motorway was closed and homes were evacuated after a reported gas leak, police said.

Officers were called to Manchester Road in Castleton, Rochdale, at about 17:20 GMT.

Dozens of people had to leave their homes, nearby roads were cordoned off and the M62 was closed in both directions between junctions 19 and 20.

No-one was injured and National Grid engineers were on site checking, police said.

The closure caused long tailbacks and traffic delays until the motorway reopened at 22:00 GMT.

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