MOTORISTS suffered long rush-hour delays after three vehicles were involved in a crash on the M65.

The incident took place on the westbound carriageway between junctions four and three after two cars and a van collided at around 7.45am on Wednesday.

A witness said a van, a Porsche and a Renault Clio were involved in the incident.

There was congestion leading back to junction six, the Blackburn and Whitebirk roundabout, and there were queues on the eastbound carriageway running up to near junction two.

The westbound carriageway was closed for a time while police dealt with the incident.

The first lane was reopened and traffic was slowly allowed to pass.

At around 9am, both carriageways were cleared before traffic was able to flow freely.

A Highways England spokesman said: “Return to normal traffic conditions were expected between 9.15am and 9.30am yesterday.

“There were delays of 10 minutes against expected traffic conditions after the site had been cleared.”

Traffic had backed up on the eastbound carriageway onto junction four’s slip road and Earcroft Way at the Blackburn and Darwen border.

It is not thought anyone was seriously injured.