Snow storms have been causing traffic chaos across Hyndburn this morning.
A man has been airlifted to hospital with serious head injuries after his car went out of control on a slip road off the M65 and ended up on its roof in a field.
Police were called at 7.50am today to the incident on the slip road at junction six near the Whitebirk roundabout.
The incident resulted in traffic being brought to a standstill on the M65 causing delays to motorists across the borough.
Fire crews from Hyndburn and Blackburn responded to a call from ambulance service reporting a car had left the road and was on its roof in a field with the possibility of someone trapped inside.
The crews established that the casualty was already out of the car and assisted ambulance paramedics in taking carrying him to the ambulance.
Earlier a driver was thought to have escaped without injury after his white BMW went out of control on the A56 near Huncoat, plunging down an embankment at around 7.30am.
Police said no-one was believed to be injured and only one vehicle involved.
Debris was reported to be on the road.
Driver Simon Kelley said on Facebook that traffic is standstill.
He said: “Manchester road is closed, all Rising Bridge and motorways are awful and frame road, been stuck trying to get out for an hour and half so far.”
The snowfall has also caused two schools in Hyndburn to close.
St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Oswaldtwistle was forced to close due to a breakdown of their equipment.
The school is currently without water, electricity and heating which has caused closure of the whole school for the rest of the day.
Accrington Green Haworth Church of England Primary School has also been forced to close its doors this afternoon due to adverse weather.
Willows Lane outside the school was inaccessible in the morning and most parents had to abandon their vehicles a great distance from school.
Road issues also meant that school dinners were unable to be delivered.