POLICE are appealing for information after a car was driven the wrong way up a slip road before hitting another vehicle close to a junction of the M65.
Officers were called at around noon on Thursday to a collision involving a Nissan Note and Fiat 500. It is believed the Nissan went against the flow of traffic up the slip road of the M65 junction 3 westbound.
After reaching the top the driver attempted to turn a sharp left to join traffic travelling westbound towards Preston.
The car was then involved in a collision with the Fiat.
The driver of the Nissan, a 79-year-old woman from Bury, suffered serious internal injuries and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital.
A passenger in the car, an 83-year-old woman from Radcliffe, suffered a wrist fracture.
The driver of the Fiat, a 25-year-old woman from Barnoldswick, suffered whiplash.
The road was closed for five hours while accident investigators attended the scene.
Police are appealing for witnesses including dashboard mounted camera footage.
Sgt Finn Quainton said: “We believe a Nissan car, travelling on the roundabout at Junction 3, has travelled contra-flow up the westbound off-slip. The driver has attempted a hard left to join westbound traffic before being involved in a collision with a Fiat car.
“The motorway is likely to have been very busy and I believe many people, travelling both westbound and eastbound, will have seen what happened. If you have any information, or dashcam footage, please get in touch.”
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