Three men are in hospital after a four-car smash which shut a Lancashire motorway for seven hours early today.
The casualties, one from Preston and two from Chorley, were hurt when a Ford Fiesta hit the central barrier of the M65 between Blackburn and Hoghton, causing a series of other collisions.
The Fiesta driver, a 38-year-old man from Chorley, was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital with possible internal injuries.
Police say his car came to rest in the outside lane and, after a VW Transporter managed to avoid hitting it, a Mitsubishi Pajero collided with the Fiesta and ended up straddling both lanes.
The driver of the Mitsubishi, a 20-year-old man from Preston, suffered neck and knee injuries and was also taken to RPH.
An Audi A6 then collided with the Fiesta. Its driver, a 70-year-old man from Chorley, was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital suffering from a cut to the head and a knee injury.
And then a Vauxhall Combo van collided with the Audi, although the driver of that vehicle suffered only a whiplash injury and did not require hospital treatment.
The westbound barriageway of the M65 - and the outside lane of the eastbound carriageway - were closed until shortly before 9am to allow accident investigation work to take place and repairs to the damaged central barrier.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident to contact them on 101 quoting log number 0190 of November 22.
Sgt Finn Quainton, of the Road Policing Unit, said: “This was a serious collision involving several vehicles. I would appeal to anyone who saw the collision or the Fiesta in the moments leading up to the collision, to get in touch with us.”