Anyone heading from Preston towards Manchester and Chorley saw major delays on the M61 southbound after a crash.Advertisement
Lancashire Fire Service had to cut people free from the scene just after Junction 8 at the Chorley junction.
A green car had collided with a highway maintenance vehicle which was on the hard shoulder.
North West Motorway Police said two people had been taken to hospital following the crash. An off-duty paramedic had come to the drivers aid at the scene.
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The incident took place shortly before 10.30am on Sunday (26 November).
All lanes were reopened shortly before 11.45am and traffic is easing.
Police had to issue a warning to drivers not to use the hard shoulder before Junction 8 who were trying to escape the tailbacks.