Woman breaks back in motorway accident

M65 at night
M65 at night
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A woman was left with a broken back following a serious late-night accident on the M65.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened at around 10-25pm on the eastbound carriageway at junction 9 when an unknown vehicle caused a Peugeot 307 to swerve and collide with the central reservation before coming to stop on its side in the carriageway.

The driver of the Peugeot, a 22-year-old woman from Burnley, managed to get out of her car and on to the grass embankment. A Suzuki Swift which was travelling along the M65 then collided with the Peugeot. The driver of the Suzuki Swift, a 58-year-old woman, sustained a broken back and fractured ankle in the collision and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital.

The eastbound carriageway was closed for more than four hours to facilitate an investigation.

Sgt John Jennings Wharton, of the Road Policing Unit, said: “This collision which has left one woman with serious injuries and an investigation is underway to establish exactly how this incident occurred. Enquiries are on-going to trace a third vehicle which we believe may have been involved and failed to stop at the scene. I would urge anyone who witnessed what happened or who has any information to contact us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting log 1584 of 26th July.