Biker suffers 'life-changing' injuries in M65 horror crash near Blackburn

Emergency services were called to the scene between junctions three and four
Emergency services were called to the scene between junctions three and four -Credit:PAUL GILLIS / Reach PLC

Police have issued an appeal after a motorcyclist suffered serious and life-changing injuries in an incident on the M65 yesterday (May 5).

Emergency services were scrambled to the scene, shortly before 3.30pm following reports of a collision. A motorcycle had collided with the central reservation on the eastbound carriageway.

The incident occurred between junctions three and four, close to Blackburn. The road was forced to close for several hours and other motorists were told to avoid the area.

Today (May 6), Lancashire Constabulary has confirmed a male, aged 59, was seriously injured in the incident. He was rushed to hospital from the scene, where he remains.


A spokesperson for the force said: "Yesterday, we told you about a collision on the M65, and we are now appealing for your help: At around 3.25pm yesterday (May 5), we were called to a report of a Triumph Tiger 1050 motorbike colliding with the central reservation on the M65 Eastbound, between junctions 4 and 5.

"A 59-year-old man suffered serious, life-changing injuries, and was taken to hospital. First and foremost, our thoughts are with the injured man, and his loved ones at this challenging time."

Officers have asked anyone with information, particularly those with dashcam footage, to come forward.

Sgt. Laura Kendall, of our Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “A man has suffered some life-changing injuries as a result of this collision, and my thoughts are with him and his loved ones at this incredibly challenging time.

“I am now appealing to you, the public, to ask that if you have any dashcam footage from the M65, between junctions one and five, between 3:15 and 3:25 pm yesterday, to please get in touch.

“We are also keen to speak with any other drivers, particularly any other motorcyclists, who were travelling Eastbound around this time, and may have witnessed the collision or stopped at the scene. If this is you, or you know someone who was travelling along this section of the M65 around the time of the collision, please get in contact.

“I know a lot of you will have been spoken to at the scene, but if you have any information that can assist our enquiries, please do contact us.

“Finally, I want to thank you for your patience whilst the motorway was closed for a few hours yesterday, as the man was taken to hospital, and we carried out our enquiries.

“We know that this may have caused concern for some of you, and that there has been some speculation online regarding the collision. We’d continue to ask you to refrain from speculation on social media, but if you do have any information that could assist our enquiries, please contact us through the appropriate channels.”