Roads mayhem as motorway blocked

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Rush hour motorists in Lancashire faced long delays last night after a lorry overturned on a motorway.

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

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.

The driver is understood to have suffered minor injuries. There were no other casualties.

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

The incident also initially affected the eastbound carriageway as well.

North West motorway police were hoping to reopen the carriageway by 7pm.

Ch Insp Damian Kitchen said last night : “We are advising people who are travelling in the area, to plan alternate routes and if necessary take longer routes which avoid the Blackburn area.

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

The traffic mayhem came as Lancashire prepared for another night of snow.

Many parts of East Lancashire were affected yesterday, with more than 40 school closed owing to the poor weather.

Weather forecasters have warned that freezing conditions and snow will continue in the region in the coming days.