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Six vehicles crash in snow on the M6 near Manchester

Snow outside Salford Lads Club
Heavy snow is continuing to fall across Greater Manchester

Six vehicles crashed on a motorway in Greater Manchester as heavy snow caused hazardous driving conditions.

A lorry overturned and cars skidded out of control on the M6 near Orrell shortly after 1030 GMT.

The Met Office is warning drivers to check with the Highways Agency before heading out due to the widespread ice and snow.

There are poor driving conditions on the M60 and M602, while the M66 between Bury and Ramsbottom is also bad.

Greater Manchester Public Transport Executive (GMPTE) has warned passengers only to make essential journeys due to the severe weather conditions.

Bus services are operating but are subject to severe delays. Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside are the worst affected areas.

Several services have been suspended as a result of the road conditions, while some are serving main roads only.

Snake Pass, which runs between Manchester and Sheffield, has also been closed.

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