One lane was closed on the M6 northbound between junctions 31A (Haighton Interchange) and 32 (Broughton Interchange) shortly before 12.50pm today (June 4).
Traffic had been moving slowly for nearly 13 miles due to the crash and delays of 70 minutes were reported.
The lane has since reopened and delays reduced to around 10 minutes at around 5.45pm this evening.
The crash involved a lorry and two cars, according to eyewitness reports.
Emergency services rushed to the incident and road users were asked to take care when passing the scene.
"One lane has been closed due to a collision.
"Traffic Officers and Lancashire Road Police are currently at the scene."
At approximately 1.30pm, a lorry and a motorhome also collided on the northbound carriageway between junctions 29 (Bamber Bridge) and 30 (Blacow Bridge Interchange - where the M61 joins the motorway.
Two out of the three lanes were closed causing bumper-to-bumper traffic in the area.
The lanes have since been reopened, but congestion has not eased as emergency services continue to deal with the three-vehicle collision.
Motorists were advised to allow extra time for their journeys or delay them if possible.
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