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Appeal following serious collision on M65

Thursday, September 14, 2017

We are appealing for witnesses following a serious collision on the M65 this morning (Thursday).

The incident occurred at around 8.45am on the eastbound carriageway between junctions three and four, when a Renault box van collided with an HGV in lane one.

The driver of the van, a 37-year-old man from Wigan, was taken to Royal Preston Hospital with a serious break to his right leg. The passenger in the van, a 24-year-old man from Atherton, suffered a neck injury which is thankfully not thought to be serious. The driver of the HGV, a 34-year-old man from Barking, was uninjured.

Lane three of the motorway was kept open to ease congestion, however lanes one and two were closed until around midday while specialist accident investigators attended the scene.

We are now appealing for information about the incident and would like to speak to anybody who saw what happened or who might have dashcam footage.

Sergeant Claire Pearson, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “The driver of the van has suffered a serious leg injury and first and foremost we wish him the very best with his recovery.

“We are now trying to piece together exactly what occurred and would like to hear from anybody who saw the collision or saw either of the vehicles in the moments beforehand. If you have any information that could help with our investigation, we ask that you get in touch as soon as possible.”

Anybody with information is asked to contact us by emailing 3909@lancashire.pnn.police.uk or calling 101, quoting log number 239 of September 14th.

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