M62 debris: Cars hit scrap metal on motorway
Thirty cars were left with punctured tyres or damaged bodywork after they ran over scrap metal that had dropped off a lorry on the M62 in Merseyside.
The cars had to pull on to the hard shoulder of the eastbound carriageway between junction 6 for Tarbock Island and junction 7 for Rainhill Stoops.
The Highways Agency said the incident had happened at about 06:20 BST.
Traffic officers put a rolling roadblock in place while their colleagues cleared the debris.
The area was said to be clear by 08:40 BST.
A Highways Agency spokesman said jagged pieces of steel had fallen from the lorry, which had not yet been identified.
Struck the roof
Some drivers had damaged their vehicles as they collided with the scrap at high speed.
One driver reported that metal had struck the roof of his car.
The spokesman said: "We started taking calls at about 6:20 this morning, with some drivers saying they were stuck on the hard shoulder because they had gone over some metal.
"Traffic officers sent to the scene discovered there had been a shed load of metal which had fallen to the ground.
"A lorry driver later said he had seen the scrap fall from an HGV on to the carriageway."
Traffic on the Manchester-bound carriageway is now running as normal.