Middlesbrough driver escapes horror crash which saw M62 closed for seven hours

A Middlesbrough man has walked away unharmed from a horror crash on the M62. Carl Morby was driving to Liverpool on Monday at around 7.45am when his truck struck another lorry that was parked on the hard shoulder. Drivers were stuck in four-mile queues during rush hour following the crash on the westbound carriageway between junctions 25 (Brighouse) and 24 (Ainley Top), Yorkshire Live reports.

Carl, who has been in the industry around 15-years since leaving the army when he was 25, was travelling westbound towards Huddersfield at the time of the incident.

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The 39-year-old said: “I could see the wagon in front of me so I was going to overtake it. “I looked in my mirror and could see a couple of cars, so I waited then double checked again to make sure nothing was moving into the second lane. “Then bang, it went dark for 10 to 15 seconds while I was battered about.

“I must have just drifted over slightly but I only caught the wagon by around two or three inches.” The dad-of-one added the other lorry driver was also fortunately unharmed and was shaken following the crash. The Middlesbrough man added: “He looked and said he had seen me coming, then looked away and heard the almighty bang.

“He was ready to pull out after me.” The lorry was pushed around 50 years up the hill due to Carl’s van being three-times the weight of his. On Tuesday, Carl said his knees were sore from the impact of the crash but luckily, hasn’t suffered any other injuries.

A number of empty gas cannisters were strewn across the first lane of the busy motorway after one pallet fell off the wagon.

Two lanes were closed for around seven-hours whilst the trucks were recovered, Carl added.

He was able to get a lift back to Teesside by another truck driver who was travelling from Manchester later the same day.

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