Lancashire TelegraphFour injured in six-vehicle M65 smash (From Lancashire Telegraph)

When news happens, text LT and your photos and videos to 80360. Or contact us by email or phone.

Four injured in six-vehicle M65 smash

Lancashire Telegraph: Accident on the M65 Westbound between Junctions 4 and 3 Accident on the M65 Westbound between Junctions 4 and 3

THE west-bound carriageway on the M65 has been re-opened after a six-vehicle pileup.

Four people have been taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital with ‘minor injuries’ following the crash shortly before 8.30am this morning.

The emergency services were called to the scene around junction three, two miles from the Darwen Services.

Three people have been described as ‘walking wounded’ and another person has suffered chest injuries.

The incident happened in the outside lane, with police initially closing that lane to traffic and limiting the speed limit to 40mph.

Four police cars attended the incident alongside a rapid response paramedic vehicle, an ambulance and an urgent care unit.

A spokeswoman from the North West Ambulance Service said that they had now left the scene and that the patients had arrived at hospital.

Comments (15)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:46pm Wed 12 Feb 14

englishmuslim says...

There seems to be a road traffic collision every other day on the M65. They are getting more and more common. What are the authorities planning to do about it? I admit that they are most probably caused by driver error but how do the authorities propose to tackle that? Lancashire Telegraph, you need to approach Lancashire Constabulary, the Highways Agency and the local council and ask them about this.
There seems to be a road traffic collision every other day on the M65. They are getting more and more common. What are the authorities planning to do about it? I admit that they are most probably caused by driver error but how do the authorities propose to tackle that? Lancashire Telegraph, you need to approach Lancashire Constabulary, the Highways Agency and the local council and ask them about this. englishmuslim
  • Score: 13

12:55pm Wed 12 Feb 14

M Foster says...

Such incidents are going to get much more common. Ever increasing amounts of traffic on the road, overhead lighting turned off, people travelling too fast and too close for conditions, etc. I am surprised there are not more. The number of people I see on mobile phones (I passed one young girl on the motorway texting with it on the steering wheel) and very many vehicles with faulty lights. Often one headlight on one side only (usually pointing up at you) with none at the other. Lethal. When I was a new driver 50 years ago, you know if you went out with a faulty light, you were lucky to go a mile or two without being pulled. Last week in Colne, a woman pulled up next to me in a small hatchback at Aldi with 2 unbelted kids in the back and one sat up in the boot! (the usual untouchable suspects).O.K, the police are overstretched (you hardly see them about here) but they are no longer doing the thorough job they used to do. It all seems to be a REactive approach rather than PROactive one. Yet, carry out a peaceful anti-fracking protest in Barton Moss and the `stormtroopers' are all over you like a rash, intimidating and making false arrests, etc.
Such incidents are going to get much more common. Ever increasing amounts of traffic on the road, overhead lighting turned off, people travelling too fast and too close for conditions, etc. I am surprised there are not more. The number of people I see on mobile phones (I passed one young girl on the motorway texting with it on the steering wheel) and very many vehicles with faulty lights. Often one headlight on one side only (usually pointing up at you) with none at the other. Lethal. When I was a new driver 50 years ago, you know if you went out with a faulty light, you were lucky to go a mile or two without being pulled. Last week in Colne, a woman pulled up next to me in a small hatchback at Aldi with 2 unbelted kids in the back and one sat up in the boot! (the usual untouchable suspects).O.K, the police are overstretched (you hardly see them about here) but they are no longer doing the thorough job they used to do. It all seems to be a REactive approach rather than PROactive one. Yet, carry out a peaceful anti-fracking protest in Barton Moss and the `stormtroopers' are all over you like a rash, intimidating and making false arrests, etc. M Foster
  • Score: 26

1:02pm Wed 12 Feb 14

GracesDad says...

Why do we never hear about anybody from these "accidents" being prosecuted for driving offences? Clearly, somebody has been driving without due care or even worse, dangerous driving. I use this motorway to get to and from work and the problem is all the d1ck head5 speeding up the outside lane when they can clearly see a queue of traffic where the lanes merge from 3 to 2 lanes.
Why do we never hear about anybody from these "accidents" being prosecuted for driving offences? Clearly, somebody has been driving without due care or even worse, dangerous driving. I use this motorway to get to and from work and the problem is all the d1ck head5 speeding up the outside lane when they can clearly see a queue of traffic where the lanes merge from 3 to 2 lanes. GracesDad
  • Score: 22

1:09pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Panther33 says...

englishmuslim wrote:
There seems to be a road traffic collision every other day on the M65. They are getting more and more common. What are the authorities planning to do about it? I admit that they are most probably caused by driver error but how do the authorities propose to tackle that? Lancashire Telegraph, you need to approach Lancashire Constabulary, the Highways Agency and the local council and ask them about this.
What are the authorities going to do about it, are you for real????. Its called Driver error, stupidity, recklessness, inconsiderate driving, thats it nothing to do with the authorities, it was also light so the issue about the lighting has nothing to do with it.
Its the commuting drivers that do the same route day in and out, they go into auto mode, drive to close and don't think about anyone else but themselves, thats the issue.
[quote][p][bold]englishmuslim[/bold] wrote: There seems to be a road traffic collision every other day on the M65. They are getting more and more common. What are the authorities planning to do about it? I admit that they are most probably caused by driver error but how do the authorities propose to tackle that? Lancashire Telegraph, you need to approach Lancashire Constabulary, the Highways Agency and the local council and ask them about this.[/p][/quote]What are the authorities going to do about it, are you for real????. Its called Driver error, stupidity, recklessness, inconsiderate driving, thats it nothing to do with the authorities, it was also light so the issue about the lighting has nothing to do with it. Its the commuting drivers that do the same route day in and out, they go into auto mode, drive to close and don't think about anyone else but themselves, thats the issue. Panther33
  • Score: 20

1:39pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Wild Rover says...

I drive to work on this road 5 days a week. These accidents which happen on average , once a week at least, ALWAYS happen in the 2 lane downhill section over the viaducts at Stanworth ( between J 4 and J3)
As noted by others above most people drive too fast and too close on this section in the rush hour. Two continous lines of traffic at this time leave you nowhere to go if there is a sudden emergency.
I always leave a long gap on motorways to allow me to stop if needed. On the 65 I get sick of the idiots who tailgate me on this section, some even flashing me to pull over ( where to?) so that they can tailgate the next car in the queue which is all the way ahead to J2?
Even better are the brain dead who overtake on the inside before moving into my braking zone, You could not make it up.
Before anyone comments I drive at the legal limit but take account of conditions and traffic, I am no Sunday driver.
If you read this and use the M65 weekdays, just think about leaving a gap between your car and the one in front
Btw- one clown in an 06 plate Black Astra even cut onto the hard shoulder to undertake the stationary traffic at todays accident. I hope that he feels proud of that bit of dangerous driving. Even better I hope he got nicked at the accident scene
Rant over .
I drive to work on this road 5 days a week. These accidents which happen on average , once a week at least, ALWAYS happen in the 2 lane downhill section over the viaducts at Stanworth ( between J 4 and J3) As noted by others above most people drive too fast and too close on this section in the rush hour. Two continous lines of traffic at this time leave you nowhere to go if there is a sudden emergency. I always leave a long gap on motorways to allow me to stop if needed. On the 65 I get sick of the idiots who tailgate me on this section, some even flashing me to pull over ( where to?) so that they can tailgate the next car in the queue which is all the way ahead to J2? Even better are the brain dead who overtake on the inside before moving into my braking zone, You could not make it up. Before anyone comments I drive at the legal limit but take account of conditions and traffic, I am no Sunday driver. If you read this and use the M65 weekdays, just think about leaving a gap between your car and the one in front Btw- one clown in an 06 plate Black Astra even cut onto the hard shoulder to undertake the stationary traffic at todays accident. I hope that he feels proud of that bit of dangerous driving. Even better I hope he got nicked at the accident scene Rant over . Wild Rover
  • Score: 35

1:45pm Wed 12 Feb 14

HarryBosch says...

In November last year, following a large, multi vehicle incident on the Sheppy Crossing, the Police sent 32 motorists on driver awareness courses, the alternative being prosecuted for careless/dangerous driving.
Any driver who causes his vehicle to run into the rear of another should face a similar fate.
Such collisions are caused by following too close to the vehicle in front, travelling too fast for the prevailing conditions and just out and out dangerous driving. Mass prosecutions would be a good start.
I am relieved to hear that the drivers involved only suffered minor injuries. Our motorways are among the safest of roads but when things do go wrong then the results can often be catastrophic!
In November last year, following a large, multi vehicle incident on the Sheppy Crossing, the Police sent 32 motorists on driver awareness courses, the alternative being prosecuted for careless/dangerous driving. Any driver who causes his vehicle to run into the rear of another should face a similar fate. Such collisions are caused by following too close to the vehicle in front, travelling too fast for the prevailing conditions and just out and out dangerous driving. Mass prosecutions would be a good start. I am relieved to hear that the drivers involved only suffered minor injuries. Our motorways are among the safest of roads but when things do go wrong then the results can often be catastrophic! HarryBosch
  • Score: 12

1:56pm Wed 12 Feb 14

oldnorm says...

I agree with M. Foster Every night I see cars with only one head light, no one seems to use signals but most manage to use spotlights in clear weather. I have come across cars parked in the center of the road, no signals, which way do I go,undertake or overtake.In daylight I do see a policeman, hiding behind a tree,with a speed camera, trying to catch someone two or three miles over the limit, within meters of a set of traffic lights. ?????
I agree with M. Foster Every night I see cars with only one head light, no one seems to use signals but most manage to use spotlights in clear weather. I have come across cars parked in the center of the road, no signals, which way do I go,undertake or overtake.In daylight I do see a policeman, hiding behind a tree,with a speed camera, trying to catch someone two or three miles over the limit, within meters of a set of traffic lights. ????? oldnorm
  • Score: 13

3:08pm Wed 12 Feb 14

rudis_dad says...

Wild Rover wrote:
I drive to work on this road 5 days a week. These accidents which happen on average , once a week at least, ALWAYS happen in the 2 lane downhill section over the viaducts at Stanworth ( between J 4 and J3)
As noted by others above most people drive too fast and too close on this section in the rush hour. Two continous lines of traffic at this time leave you nowhere to go if there is a sudden emergency.
I always leave a long gap on motorways to allow me to stop if needed. On the 65 I get sick of the idiots who tailgate me on this section, some even flashing me to pull over ( where to?) so that they can tailgate the next car in the queue which is all the way ahead to J2?
Even better are the brain dead who overtake on the inside before moving into my braking zone, You could not make it up.
Before anyone comments I drive at the legal limit but take account of conditions and traffic, I am no Sunday driver.
If you read this and use the M65 weekdays, just think about leaving a gap between your car and the one in front
Btw- one clown in an 06 plate Black Astra even cut onto the hard shoulder to undertake the stationary traffic at todays accident. I hope that he feels proud of that bit of dangerous driving. Even better I hope he got nicked at the accident scene
Rant over .
Couldn't agree more. If it isn't here it's at Junction 12 in the evening. The amount of traffic on the roads has gone up enormously since the M65 was opened, but the amount of inconsiderate, braindead morons who shouldn't be let loose with a feather duster, never mind a car, has gone up exponentially in comparison. Pro-active policing is the answer, not reactive. But alas, successive governments have emasculated the police in preference for sending vast amounts of money that we can ill afford to all the dregs of humanity outside of the UK, because it's better to support developing economies than to continually invest in our own.
[quote][p][bold]Wild Rover[/bold] wrote: I drive to work on this road 5 days a week. These accidents which happen on average , once a week at least, ALWAYS happen in the 2 lane downhill section over the viaducts at Stanworth ( between J 4 and J3) As noted by others above most people drive too fast and too close on this section in the rush hour. Two continous lines of traffic at this time leave you nowhere to go if there is a sudden emergency. I always leave a long gap on motorways to allow me to stop if needed. On the 65 I get sick of the idiots who tailgate me on this section, some even flashing me to pull over ( where to?) so that they can tailgate the next car in the queue which is all the way ahead to J2? Even better are the brain dead who overtake on the inside before moving into my braking zone, You could not make it up. Before anyone comments I drive at the legal limit but take account of conditions and traffic, I am no Sunday driver. If you read this and use the M65 weekdays, just think about leaving a gap between your car and the one in front Btw- one clown in an 06 plate Black Astra even cut onto the hard shoulder to undertake the stationary traffic at todays accident. I hope that he feels proud of that bit of dangerous driving. Even better I hope he got nicked at the accident scene Rant over .[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. If it isn't here it's at Junction 12 in the evening. The amount of traffic on the roads has gone up enormously since the M65 was opened, but the amount of inconsiderate, braindead morons who shouldn't be let loose with a feather duster, never mind a car, has gone up exponentially in comparison. Pro-active policing is the answer, not reactive. But alas, successive governments have emasculated the police in preference for sending vast amounts of money that we can ill afford to all the dregs of humanity outside of the UK, because it's better to support developing economies than to continually invest in our own. rudis_dad
  • Score: 13

3:09pm Wed 12 Feb 14

cowabunga says...

Thanks a lot yet again myself and other motorist have lost money stuck in traffic unable to get to work due to some idiot who was either going too fast or too close to other vehicles NUMPTEES.
Thanks a lot yet again myself and other motorist have lost money stuck in traffic unable to get to work due to some idiot who was either going too fast or too close to other vehicles NUMPTEES. cowabunga
  • Score: 15

4:59pm Wed 12 Feb 14

tall in the saddle says...

M Foster wrote:
Such incidents are going to get much more common. Ever increasing amounts of traffic on the road, overhead lighting turned off, people travelling too fast and too close for conditions, etc. I am surprised there are not more. The number of people I see on mobile phones (I passed one young girl on the motorway texting with it on the steering wheel) and very many vehicles with faulty lights. Often one headlight on one side only (usually pointing up at you) with none at the other. Lethal. When I was a new driver 50 years ago, you know if you went out with a faulty light, you were lucky to go a mile or two without being pulled. Last week in Colne, a woman pulled up next to me in a small hatchback at Aldi with 2 unbelted kids in the back and one sat up in the boot! (the usual untouchable suspects).O.K, the police are overstretched (you hardly see them about here) but they are no longer doing the thorough job they used to do. It all seems to be a REactive approach rather than PROactive one. Yet, carry out a peaceful anti-fracking protest in Barton Moss and the `stormtroopers' are all over you like a rash, intimidating and making false arrests, etc.
You are quite right about drivers getting too close. Too many, too often. They are just bad drivers. Using a mobile is a potential killer and I think the penalties for this offence should include a ban. However it is the rank bad driving and rank bad manners of some drivers that we also need the authorities to look at. How many drivers don’t stop when the see someone at a crossing now? Not all. With the availability of today’s surveillance technologies I would hope that something can be done. At the moment the police just seem to want to catch speeders. I think also other motorists should report dangerous drives but then the Police probably don’t have the resource to act.
[quote][p][bold]M Foster[/bold] wrote: Such incidents are going to get much more common. Ever increasing amounts of traffic on the road, overhead lighting turned off, people travelling too fast and too close for conditions, etc. I am surprised there are not more. The number of people I see on mobile phones (I passed one young girl on the motorway texting with it on the steering wheel) and very many vehicles with faulty lights. Often one headlight on one side only (usually pointing up at you) with none at the other. Lethal. When I was a new driver 50 years ago, you know if you went out with a faulty light, you were lucky to go a mile or two without being pulled. Last week in Colne, a woman pulled up next to me in a small hatchback at Aldi with 2 unbelted kids in the back and one sat up in the boot! (the usual untouchable suspects).O.K, the police are overstretched (you hardly see them about here) but they are no longer doing the thorough job they used to do. It all seems to be a REactive approach rather than PROactive one. Yet, carry out a peaceful anti-fracking protest in Barton Moss and the `stormtroopers' are all over you like a rash, intimidating and making false arrests, etc.[/p][/quote]You are quite right about drivers getting too close. Too many, too often. They are just bad drivers. Using a mobile is a potential killer and I think the penalties for this offence should include a ban. However it is the rank bad driving and rank bad manners of some drivers that we also need the authorities to look at. How many drivers don’t stop when the see someone at a crossing now? Not all. With the availability of today’s surveillance technologies I would hope that something can be done. At the moment the police just seem to want to catch speeders. I think also other motorists should report dangerous drives but then the Police probably don’t have the resource to act. tall in the saddle
  • Score: 12

5:03pm Wed 12 Feb 14

tall in the saddle says...

Wild Rover wrote:
I drive to work on this road 5 days a week. These accidents which happen on average , once a week at least, ALWAYS happen in the 2 lane downhill section over the viaducts at Stanworth ( between J 4 and J3)
As noted by others above most people drive too fast and too close on this section in the rush hour. Two continous lines of traffic at this time leave you nowhere to go if there is a sudden emergency.
I always leave a long gap on motorways to allow me to stop if needed. On the 65 I get sick of the idiots who tailgate me on this section, some even flashing me to pull over ( where to?) so that they can tailgate the next car in the queue which is all the way ahead to J2?
Even better are the brain dead who overtake on the inside before moving into my braking zone, You could not make it up.
Before anyone comments I drive at the legal limit but take account of conditions and traffic, I am no Sunday driver.
If you read this and use the M65 weekdays, just think about leaving a gap between your car and the one in front
Btw- one clown in an 06 plate Black Astra even cut onto the hard shoulder to undertake the stationary traffic at todays accident. I hope that he feels proud of that bit of dangerous driving. Even better I hope he got nicked at the accident scene
Rant over .
Well written. Agree with every word. Wish the idiots would all get caught. Problem is it's someone else who gets hurt.
[quote][p][bold]Wild Rover[/bold] wrote: I drive to work on this road 5 days a week. These accidents which happen on average , once a week at least, ALWAYS happen in the 2 lane downhill section over the viaducts at Stanworth ( between J 4 and J3) As noted by others above most people drive too fast and too close on this section in the rush hour. Two continous lines of traffic at this time leave you nowhere to go if there is a sudden emergency. I always leave a long gap on motorways to allow me to stop if needed. On the 65 I get sick of the idiots who tailgate me on this section, some even flashing me to pull over ( where to?) so that they can tailgate the next car in the queue which is all the way ahead to J2? Even better are the brain dead who overtake on the inside before moving into my braking zone, You could not make it up. Before anyone comments I drive at the legal limit but take account of conditions and traffic, I am no Sunday driver. If you read this and use the M65 weekdays, just think about leaving a gap between your car and the one in front Btw- one clown in an 06 plate Black Astra even cut onto the hard shoulder to undertake the stationary traffic at todays accident. I hope that he feels proud of that bit of dangerous driving. Even better I hope he got nicked at the accident scene Rant over .[/p][/quote]Well written. Agree with every word. Wish the idiots would all get caught. Problem is it's someone else who gets hurt. tall in the saddle
  • Score: 10

10:12pm Wed 12 Feb 14

NelsonAsianButProudBritish says...

englishmuslim i have to say as a fellow muslim that is one of THE most rididculous comments ive ever seen posted in over ten years on here. I mean, what do you want the authorities to do? put a lollipop man at each junction? or how about a police officer to follow you all the way as a personal escort? jeez man we're getting blamed for everything from the weather to global warming and you come out with that? You just stick to secretly supporting the taliban and scamming the benefits system pal.
englishmuslim i have to say as a fellow muslim that is one of THE most rididculous comments ive ever seen posted in over ten years on here. I mean, what do you want the authorities to do? put a lollipop man at each junction? or how about a police officer to follow you all the way as a personal escort? jeez man we're getting blamed for everything from the weather to global warming and you come out with that? You just stick to secretly supporting the taliban and scamming the benefits system pal. NelsonAsianButProudBritish
  • Score: 3

9:32am Thu 13 Feb 14

Shorty Medlocke says...

The simple answer is to limit the more accident prone sections of motorway to 50mph, and install speed cameras. Problem solved.
The simple answer is to limit the more accident prone sections of motorway to 50mph, and install speed cameras. Problem solved. Shorty Medlocke
  • Score: 1

12:15pm Thu 13 Feb 14

geegee3 says...

Am convinced that you have to have your brain cell removed these days to travel up and down the M65. I use this every day and see some horrific frightening moves I have to say these people have some guts no brains ! but guts !!! HELLO It's not the roads it's not the weather IT 's just brainless inconsiderate drivers simple as.
Am convinced that you have to have your brain cell removed these days to travel up and down the M65. I use this every day and see some horrific frightening moves I have to say these people have some guts no brains ! but guts !!! HELLO It's not the roads it's not the weather IT 's just brainless inconsiderate drivers simple as. geegee3
  • Score: 3

2:39pm Thu 13 Feb 14

It's a spade! says...

I too got caught up in this yesterday and agree with a lot of the above comments. There are far too many people who whilst they may have passed a test do not know how to drive. Leave a gap and someone jumps in it. Slow down and they undertake. Forcing people to brake by keep changing lanes with the knock on effect of standing traffic a couple of miles back. The best one of course is believing that signalling gives you the right to just pull in front of someone, no consideration for how fast that vehicle is travelling or how far away it is, I've signalled so i'm pulling in front of you anyway. I also had one idiot in a Black Audi estate do that, just after the accident yesterday. i was going nicely along in the outisde lane when he came on from a slip road, behind a car in the inside lane, and then decided as his signal was on just to keep moving across. I had to brake extremely sharply. He then sat in that lane all the way before pulling off at the last minute cutting in front of several cars to join the M61. MORONIC!
I too got caught up in this yesterday and agree with a lot of the above comments. There are far too many people who whilst they may have passed a test do not know how to drive. Leave a gap and someone jumps in it. Slow down and they undertake. Forcing people to brake by keep changing lanes with the knock on effect of standing traffic a couple of miles back. The best one of course is believing that signalling gives you the right to just pull in front of someone, no consideration for how fast that vehicle is travelling or how far away it is, I've signalled so i'm pulling in front of you anyway. I also had one idiot in a Black Audi estate do that, just after the accident yesterday. i was going nicely along in the outisde lane when he came on from a slip road, behind a car in the inside lane, and then decided as his signal was on just to keep moving across. I had to brake extremely sharply. He then sat in that lane all the way before pulling off at the last minute cutting in front of several cars to join the M61. MORONIC! It's a spade!
  • Score: 3

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree