Lorry 'crashes through central reservation' of M65 near Blackburn

A lorry reportedly smashed through the central reservation of the M65 near Blackburn.

The crash occurred on the westbound carriageway near junction 4 (Earcroft Interchange) at approximately 4.50pm today (November 16).

One lane was closed in both directions following the smash as well as the entry slip road on the eastbound carriageway.

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The slip road was reopened at approximately 5.05pm but the lane closures remained in place due to "extensive barrier damage".

"As a result of the collision...there are delays of 33 minutes above normal, with 3.8 miles of congestion on approach," a spokesman for National Highways said

"Eastbound, traffic is flowing more freely - with 11 minute delays and 3.5 miles of congestion."

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A "serious collision" closed one lane in both directions on the M65 near Blackburn

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30 minute delays were reported in the area following the collision (Credit: AA)