Two in hospital after motorway crashes

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A man and a woman have been taken to hospital after two separate crashes within 15 minutes on a Lancashire motorway.

A man was taken to hospital by air ambulance following an accident on the M61 close to where it meets the M65.

The man, believed to be in his 50s, lost control of his Ford Focus and left the carriageway at 1.30pm Saturday afternoon.

It is understood he had fallen ill at the wheel.

He was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital.

Around 15 minutes later, a woman was cut free from her car following another collision on the M61.

The woman, thought to be in her 30s, was rescued from her car after colliding with the central reservation.

Firefighters from Chorley fire station attended the incident on the M61 northbound at the Botany Bay junction.

She was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital. The extent of her injuries is not yet known. The incident resulted in tailbacks on the motorway.