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Crash Closes A62 Huddersfield Road Above Diggle

A police car blocks the A62 Huddersfield Road at the Floating Light.

At least two vehicles were involved in a crash on the A62 Huddersfield Road on Thursday afternoon.

The incident happened shortly before 5pm, not too far from the old Floating Light pub above Diggle.

A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said that “two, possibly three” vehicles were caught up in the smash. No information about casualties was immediately available.

Three fire engines and two ambulances joined police at the scene. Huddersfield Road was closed between the Standedge Road junction at the old Horse and Jockey, and the Floating Light, with traffic being diverted through Diggle village.

It wasn’t clear what had caused the crash, although road conditions were wet following another day of rain. There was also a bit of mist around.

Accidents on the A62 in Saddleworth have become increasingly rare in recent years. The road once had a notorious reputation, but safety measures including a 50mph speed limit and new warning signs have helped reduce the number of crashes.

Data obtained earlier this year by Saddleworth News showed that there were just three crashes on the A62 in Saddleworth during 2010 in which someone was injured. That compares with an average of more than seven per year between 2000 and 2009.

You can read more about the A62’s safety record by clicking here.

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