M65 crash update: Appeal for witnesses continues as two men arrested are released under investigation

The two men arrested after a serious collision on the M65 on Sunday evening have been released under investigation pending further inquiries.

Police are continuing their appeal for information after the collision, at 5-50pm, left two people with serious injuries.

Officers are investigating whether two cars racing against each other was a factor in the accident which saw the full closure on the motorway westbound between J14 (Colne) and J12 (Nelson & Brierfield).

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The collision happened after two cars, a white BMW 330 and a black VW Polo GTI, joined the motorway at J14 and appeared to race westbound along the carriageway.

A police witness appeal to a serious crash on the M65 on Sunday evening continues as the two men arrested in connection to the crash are released pending further inquiries.

Both vehicles then undertook a third car, a blue Renault Megane, which lost control and collided with the central reservation before ending up on its roof.

The driver of the Megane, a 43-year-old man from Colne, was thrown from the car and suffered serious injuries.

The front seat passenger, a 37-year-old woman from Colne, also suffered serious injuries. Both were taken by ambulance to the Royal Preston Hospital.

The BMW and the Polo made off from the scene.

Two men, aged 21 and 26, both from Nelson, were later arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of a collision and failing to report a collision.

The vehicles have been seized for examination.

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The M65 was closed for a number of hours for collision investigation.

Sgt Finn Quainton, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Tac Ops, said: “This collision has left two people with significant injuries and I would appeal for anyone who saw the collision itself or the manner of driving of the BMW, Polo or the Megane prior to the collision to get in touch. I would also ask anyone who may have dashcam to come forward.

“A number of witnesses have described two vehicles racing and we are investigating whether that was a factor in the collision.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log 1141 of April 26th