UPDATE: Lancashire motorway reopens after lorry crash

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Rush hour motorists suffered severe delays after a Lancashire motorway was closed after a lorry overturned.

All three lanes of the westbound carriageway of the M65, near Blackburn, were blocked after the incident at around 2pm.

The lorry was eventually removed from the carriageway and the motorway was finally reopened at around 8pm.

Initial reports of the driver being trapped proved not to be the case.

The driver was being attended to by paramedics when firefighters arrived at the scene near junction 5.

There were no other casualties. Firefighters established there were no leaking fluids from the vehicle or risk of fire.

The incident also affected the eastbound carriageway as well for a time.

Ch Insp Damian Kitchen said: “We are advising people who are travelling in the area, or who intend to travel in the next few hours, to plan alternate routes and if necessary take longer routes which avoid the Blackburn area.

“Traffic is currently being diverted off the M65 westbound at junction 6 and we suggest using routes towards the M6 as an alternative for any destinations west of Darwen.

“Traffic is moving freely on the eastbound carriageway, however once off the motorway significant delays may be experienced.”