Fire crews free trapped driver from M65 wreck, two men hospitalised with head and back injuries

The M65 was closed for more than two hours this morning (June 12) after a crash near junction 3 (Blackburn)
The M65 was closed for more than two hours this morning (June 12) after a crash near junction 3 (Blackburn)

A crash on the westbound M65 in Lancashire has left two men hospitalised with head and back injuries.

The crash happened near junction 3 (Blackburn) of the M65 westbound carriageway at around 8.50am (Wednesday, June 12).

Two vehicles, a Citroen Picasso and a 4x4, were involved in the crash, which forced police to immediately close the westbound carriageway.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) were called to the scene to free one of the drivers from a mangled car.

Three crews from Bamber Bridge and Darwen responded along with an urban search and rescue team.

The trapped casualty was prised from the wreck by firefighters who used special cutting equipment to free him.

A spokesman for LFRS said: "Three fire engines from Darwen and Bamber Bridge along with the urban search and rescue team attended a road traffic collision involving two vehicles on the M65 westbound, between junctions 3 and 2.

"Firefighters extricated one casualty who was taken to hospital by ambulance."

Two ambulances attended the incident along with a scene commander to oversee the emergency operation.

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North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) confirmed that two men have been taken by ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital.

Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A spokesman for NWAS said: "A man in his mid-20s has been taken to hospital after suffering a back injury.

"Another man, aged in his early 50s, has suffered a head injury and has been taken to hospital for treatment.

"The injuries are not considered major trauma."

The M65 westbound carriageway was reopened at 11.05am after a two-hour closure.

The closure caused severe delays with traffic diverted to the M6 before rejoining the M65 at junction 2 (Walton Summit).

Some congestion remains between junctions 3 and 4 (Blackburn), with residual delays of around 15 minutes.