Driver sought after serious M65 collision

Monday, May 31, 2021

We are appealing for witnesses and are seeking the driver of a vehicle after a serious collision on the M65 yesterday afternoon (Sunday, May 30th).

It happened at around 4:50pm near to junction 5 on the eastbound carriageway when a Toyota Prius has collided with the back of a horse box.

It is believed that the Prius had travelled into the same lane as the horsebox to avoid a small black vehicle, which had cut in front of it as the motorway goes from three lanes to two.

The Prius driver – a 69-year-old man from Blackburn suffered minor injuries, however, the passenger – a 63-year-old Blackburn woman – suffered a serious arm injury and remains in hospital. Thankfully, no horses were injured.

The black car did not stop and so officers are urgently trying to trace it.

Investigating officer, Sgt Dave Hurst, said: “We need to find the vehicle involved, which we believe to be small and black, so we can speak to the driver.

“If you know who this is or you saw what happened, and you know the make and model of this car, please get in touch. Similarly, if you have any dash cam footage of this incident, we need to speak to you.

“Lastly, I am appealing to the driver of the car to do the right thing and come forward. It may be that you didn’t realise what had happened and so please contact the police as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident reference 1193 of May 30th.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be reached on 0800 555111 or online at

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