NOTE: This content is old - Published: Tuesday, May 29th, 2018.
UPDATE – Highway England have said: “clean-up and recovery has been completed and the scene is clear. #M53 is now fully open in both directions following the serious incident.”
The southbound M53 remains closed following a fatal incident overnight.
Merseyside Police have confirmed an investigation is underway following the death of a woman on the M53.
Motorists are advised that the #M53 in #Wirral is currently closed in both directions following a fatal incident in the early hours of today at j4 on the southbound carriageway. Please avoid the area if possible. Updates as we have them. Details here: https://t.co/DKSFfArLDs
— Merseyside Police (@MerseyPolice) May 29, 2018
A spokesperson said: “Officers were contacted at 12.55am today, Tuesday 29th May, following reports the woman had fallen from a bridge onto the southbound carriageway at junction 4. It is believed she may then have been struck by a vehicle.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. She is yet to be formally identified and her next of kin are in the process of being informed.
Both carriageways (now only Southbound) of the motorway remain closed at this time to allow for an investigation to be carried out. It is anticipated that they may not reopen until this afternoon and motorists are being advised to avoid the area.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Matrix Roads Policing Unit on (0151) 777 5747 quoting log 0057 of 29th May”
North West Motorway Patrol Group advise say they envisage the closure to be inforce for the next few hours.
Traffic wishing to to continue southbound should follow the ‘Hollow Diamond’ diversion route.”
Leave the M53 at the J4 southbound exit slip road.
– At the M53 J4/A5137 roundabout take the third exit onto the B5151 Mount Road southbound for 5.9KM.
– At the B5151/B5133 junction, turn left onto the B5133 Neston Road eastbound fore 4.2KM.
– At the B5133/A41 junction turn right onto the A41 northbound and follow the A41 New Chester Road for 0.9KM.
– At the A41/M53 J5 roundabout take the third exit to rejoin the M53 southbound at J5.