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UPDATED: Road reopened after lorry overturns near Rainhill Stoops roundabout outside Widnes

Police were called to the incident at 8.40am this morning and the lorry driver has been taken to hospital with cuts

Overturned lorry at the exit towards Widnes from the Rainhill Stoops roundabout on Thursday, August 21.

A ROAD that was closed after an articulated lorry overturned near a busy roundabout on the outskirts of Widnes has reopened.

A Merseyside police spokesman told the Weekly News that officers were called to the A570 roundabout at Rainhill Stoops at 8.40am this morning to reports that a lorry had overturned.

A St Helens Council spokesman told the Weekly News at 3.30pm that the road had reopened after workers repaired the surface.

Motorists wishing to drive to Widnes via the roundabout were advised to access the A557 Watkinson Way through the A57 Warrington Road exit. 

The driver has been taken to Whiston Hospital with cuts to his face and upper body, the Merseyside police spokesman confirmed.

When the Weekly News visited the scene at around 9am, a lorry was overturned coming on to the Widnes bound carriageway of the A557 coming off the roundabout, which is a junction of the M62.

The police spokesman added that Merseyside Fire And Rescue Service attended the scene and that one man was retrieved from the lorry and was described by officers as ‘walking injured’.

The Widnes bound carriageway of the A557 was closed at the roundabout from 9am this morning.

Just before 9.30am, the spokesman added that recovery of the lorry – which was carrying timber – had begun.

At 10.10am, the spokesman said that the driver had been taken to hospital and that St Helens Council highways department have also attended the incident to attend to the road surface.

A tweet from Cheshire police’s official Twitter account just after 9.50am read: “Roundabout at J7 M62 with exit to A557 Widnes closed due to overturned lorry on the roundabout - Outbound is currently flowing.”