Delays after crash on northbound M6 near Preston

A man was taken to hospital with suspected back and neck injuries after a two vehicle crash on the northbound M6 near Preston, say police.

Emergency services were called to the scene of the collision between junctions 31 and 31a at around 8.25am on September 13.

Drivers are experiencing long delays after the crash on the M6

Drivers are experiencing long delays after the crash on the M6

Fire crews cut a man out of his Range Rover so that he could be placed on a back board (Kendrick Extrication Device) to allow him to be transported safely.

Firefighters were at the scene for an hour-and-a-half dealing with the incident.

A spokesman for the fire service said: "Two crews from Preston responded to reports of a two vehicle accident between a Range Rover and a white van.

"Paramedics advised that the man in the Range Rover needed to be removed from his vehicle using a back board due to a suspected spinal injury.

A two-car crash on the M6 is causing tailbacks

A two-car crash on the M6 is causing tailbacks

"The man, who was in his mid forties, was conscious and talking throughout.

"It was quite a new Range Rover and very strong. We tried to get in through the back seats but ended up cutting the driver's door off.

"There was very little damage to the car from the accident, although the white van looked to be a write-off.

Drivers caught up in the incident suffered hours of misery after lanes were closed for more than two hours.

Police were called to the incident at around 8.30am

Police were called to the incident at around 8.30am

Tailbacks extended back as far as junction 28 at Leyland and many drivers had issues joining the motorway.

A spokesman for Highways England: "A serious collision involving two cars was reported to us on the northbound M6.

"Our traffic officers supported the emergency services at the scene, and we used our overhead electronic message signs and social media to inform drivers about the incident.

"Three out of four lanes were closed while we worked at the scene of the incident. The vehicles had been removed and the motorway fully reopened by 10.45am."

Traffic throughout Preston was reported to be extremely heavy as drivers attempted to avoid the problems on the motorway.