Police urge care on county motorways

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Heavy rain and poor visibility contributed to several crashes on Lancashire motorways last night and early today.

Emergency crews were called to the M6 at Broughton, near Preston, last night after a lorry, a van and a minibus collided.

Two lanes of the northbound carriageway were closed for a time between junction 31a and 32.

Police, a fire crew and paramedics all attended the scene. It is not thought there were any serious injuries.

In another incident, one lane of the the southbound carriageway of the M61 was blocked for a time near junction 9 at Walton Summit, near Preston.

A car was damaged and no-one was hurt. Police introduced a rolling roadblock as the carriageway was cleared.

Today, motorway police today urged motorists to take care in rain and spray across most of the region’s motorways.

Meanwhile, firefighters are investigating a blaze which badly damaged a derelict house in St Annes Road, South Shore, Blackpool, on Saturday night.

Officers were called to the scene at around 8pm. Police have been informed and the fire is thought to have been started deliberately.