MORE than 200 litres of diesel spilled onto the M60 this afternoon, September 10, after a collision involving a tanker.

A woman and two children were also taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

Firefighters from Whitefield were called to the incident between junctions 17, Prestwich and 18, M62 on the clockwise carriageway.

They were called to the incident at 4.36pm to reports of a can and a tanker having collided and gone into the central reservation.

Watch manager Tony Wellock, explained the day crew, who dealt with the incident, had to call the Environment Agency because of the diesel.

Mr Wellock said crews used Dammit Mats to prevent some of the diesel escaping into the watercourse.

He said: "The ambulance service attended and the Environment Agency were informed because 250 litres of diesel was spilling out of the tanker and entering the watercourse."

He added the mats, which seal drains temporarily, stopped about 50 litres of diesel escaping.

The spill needed cleaning up by the Environmental Agency.

It is not known whether the woman, aged 43 and two girls aged, 15 and 16 were injured in the incident.

It is understood police are investigating the incident.