East Lancs Rd (A580), St Helens


Location: St Helens

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service is currently in attendance at an incident on the East Lancs Road, St Helens.

Crews were alerted at 16.13 and on scene at 16.20. Four fire engines are at scene.

On arrival, crews were met with a single vehicle road traffic collision involving one heavy goods vehicle on its side.

Firefighting has commenced with one team of two firefighters in breathing apparatus using one hose reel, crews are in the process of establishing water supplies.

North West Ambulance Service are in attendance to assess the driver of the wagon, who was out of the vehicle before MFRS arrived. They are conscious and breathing.

Merseyside Police are also on scene and have closed the East Lancs Road A580 in both directions between Haydock and St Helens.         

Further updates will be available here when information becomes available.

UPDATE - 17.30

A multi-agency meeting has taken place between MFRS, NWAS, and Merseyside Police. A 100m cordon in all directions to be established, in addition to a closure of the rail line between St Helens and Wigan.

Fire Service continues to monitor the scene and cover any fire risk, breathing apparatus no longer in use.

Two casualties have now been confirmed, both have been assessed by NWAS paramedics at scene, both conscious and breathing and will be taken to hospital for further assessment.

This incident has now been scaled down to two fire engines.

This is an ongoing incident, please avoid the area.

UPDATE – 10.00, Tuesday 30/08

A second multi-agency meeting took place yesterday evening at 18.20 and Merseyside Police confirmed that the train line was closed. Engineers arrived on scene to undertake an initial scene survey and structural integrity assessment in advance of lifting the tanker upright onto its wheels.

The incident was scaled down further and remaining crews were standing by while vehicle recovery was arranged.

Once the vehicle was lifted onto its wheels by the recovery company, MFRS liaised with Network Rail and the train line that had been closed earlier in the day, was reopened.

The scene was then handed over to Merseyside Police while crews made up equipment and left the scene at 22.31.