Posted: Fri 10th Feb 2017

M53 reopens after being closed for 22 hours

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Feb 10th, 2017

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Update: Police say both carriageways of the M53 from junction 2 to junction 3 are now fully open.

The M53 was closed for around 22 hours following the discovery on a mans body on the central reservation between junction 2 and 3 Wirral last night, Thursday 9th February. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The circumstances leading up the man’s death are unclear but believe he died as a result of a road traffic collision say police ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

They are continuing to urge anyone who was in the area who may have seen anything which could assist with the investigation to contact the investigation unit on 0151 777 5747 or email commcen@merseyside.pnn.police.uk ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Merseyside Police have provided regular updates during the motorway closure:

Update: 4:45pm ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Merseyside Police can confirm the M53 Northbound carriage only, between Jct 2 and 3 will be re-opened at 5pm this afternoon (Friday, 10 February.) ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Officers would like the thank motorists for their patience, while the investigation continues. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Police are continuing to urge anyone who was in the area who may have seen anything which could assist with the investigation to contact the investigation unit on 0151 777 5747 or email commcen@merseyside.pnn.police.uk ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Further Update: 10.02.17 12:30pm ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Merseyside Police are appealing for witnesses following an incident between junction 2 and 3 of the M53 in Wirral last night, Thursday 9th February. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The motorway remains closed today (Friday) after the police received several reports from motorists shortly after 7.15pm last night that a man’s body had been seen on the central reservation. An investigation is currently underway. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Officers are appealing for anyone who was in the area who have may seen anything which could assist with the investigation to contact the investigation unit on 0151 777 5747 or email commcen@merseyside.pnn.police.uk ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Members of the public are advised not to contact Merseyside Police directly in relation to the reopening of the M53. Updates will be posted via the Merseyside Police twitter account @MerseyPolice and on the Merseyside Police website and Facebook page. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Update: 10.02.17 11:11am ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Merseyside Police is advising motorists to continue to make alternative arrangements when travelling through the Wirral following the ongoing closure of the M53 between junctions 2 and 3. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The motorway was closed after the police received several reports from motorists shortly after 7.15pm last night (Thursday) that a man’s body had been seen on the central reservation. An investigation is currently underway. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It is anticipated that the carriageways will remain closed for most of the day and potentially into the early part of the evening but officers are working to reopen the motorway as soon as possible and updates will be posted throughout the day and ahead of the rush-hour. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Merseyside Police would like to thank motorists and residents on the Wirral for their continued patience while the investigation is ongoing. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Original release ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Merseyside Police can confirm that the M53 in Wirral will remain closed overnight following the discovery of a man’s body on the central reservation between junctions 2 and 3. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The motorway was closed after the police received several reports from motorists shortly after 7.15pm. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Officers closed the southbound carriageway and then the northbound to allow a search of the motorway and during this the body of a man was found. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Although the circumstances leading up the man’s death are unclear at this early stage it is believed that a road traffic collision has occurred. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

No-one else has been reported injured and enquiries are being made to trace and speak to anyone who may have seen what happened. A number of witnesses are assisting the police at this time. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The man’s identity has not been confirmed and enquiries to establish who he is and notify his next of kin are ongoing. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The M53 is likely to be closed in both directions for the rest of the evening and motorists are advised to check local travel reports before considering using the M53 in Wirral tomorrow morning. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

We would like to thank everyone affected by the motorway closure for their patience and understanding while police officers and the other agencies involved deal with this serious incident. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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