Lucky escape for motorway driver

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A WOMAN driver had a lucky escape when her car left the motorway and ended between a tree and a sign.

The driver of the Toyota Yaris, said to be in her 20s, was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital with back injuries.

The accident happened on the M65 around 9 a.m. on Saturday between Junction 10 Burnley and Junction 11 Brierfield.

It is believed the Yaris was involved in a collision with a Vauxhall Corsa. The accident may have been caused by icy road conditions.

Watch manager Steve Harrison said: “The driver of the Yaris was extrmely lucky. It appears one car may have clipped the other after losiong control.

“When we arrived the woman was sitting in the car of a passer-by who had stopped to help, but she then couldn’t get out because she was in so much pain.

“We had to help her out gently before she was taken to hospital. The male driver of the Corsa was also taken to hospital.

“It looked like the Yaris had hit a sign and then left the carriageway ending up in a field.”

One lane of the eastbound carriageway was closed following the accident, which saw both cars overturn.

The Corsa ended up on its roof on the hard shoulder.