This is why the M55 between Preston and Kirkham was shut for three hours last night

A serious crash involving a Land Rover and a minibus forced police to close the M55 for three hours last night (Sunday, April 7).

Monday, 8th April 2019, 1:30 pm
Updated Monday, 8th April 2019, 2:49 pm
The M55 was shut between Preston and Kirkham from 11pm on Sunday, April 7 after a Land Rover collided with a minibus.

One person was taken to hospital with an arm injury after the collision on the M55 eastbound at 10.26pm.

Police closed the carriageway for more than three hours, between junction 3 (Kirkham, Fleetwood A585) and junction 1 (Preston, Broughton A6), from 11pm to 1.30pm.

Highways England described the incident as a "serious collision" and a number of emergency response vehicles attended the scene.

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The M55 was shut between Preston and Kirkham from 11pm on Sunday, April 7 after a Land Rover collided with a minibus.

One casualty was taken by ambulance to Preston Royal Hospital with an arm injury and a number of "walking wounded" were treated at the scene.

A diversion was put in place advising trapped traffic to exit the M55 at J3 before taking the A585 south towards Kirkham.

A police spokesman said: "It was a minor collision involving a Land Rover and a minibus. The road was closed for about three hours."

The carriageway was cleared and all lanes reopened at around 1.30am (Monday, April 8).