POLICE have closed the westbound carriageway of the M56 near Warrington following a road traffic incident.
The closure affects the carriageway between junctions nine and 10 and was brought into force at around 12.25pm today following reports of a white Mercedes sprinter van which is believed to have collided with the central reservation.
All lanes on the westbound carriageway were closed while emergency services including the air ambulance are at the scene and the driver remains in a serious condition.
Traffic is very heavy and motorists are advised to avoid the area. Diversions are in place and normal traffic conditions are not expected until 20:00 this evening.