Lancashire motorway closed for five hours after lorry crashes through central reservation

The M65 was closed for several hours after a lorry crashed into the central reservation this afternoon.

Saturday, 22nd December 2018, 9:35 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 4:57 pm
The lorry ploughed through the central reservation and ended up in a hedge. Photo: Highways England

Both carriageways are now open, but one lane on either side will remain closed until 6am on Sunday for works on the central reservation between junctions 5 and 6 at Blackburn.

It is believed that the lorry smashed through the barrier and ended up on the other side of the motorway.

North West Motorway Police tweeted: "There several points where the central barrier has been damaged covering a 2km distance, this requires a large number of cones which Highways England contractors are bringing to scene."

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A large stretch of central reservation on the M65 now needs repairing. Photo: Highways England

Crash investigators have been on the scene.