Woman fight­ing for life af­ter hor­ror crash

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

A PEDES­TRIAN was left fight­ing for her life af­ter an ac­ci­dent in which she was in col­li­sion with a car.

The 59-year-old suf­fered se­ri­ous head in­juries fol­low­ing the col­li­sion with a Ford Fo­cus on Milnshaw lane, Ac­cring­ton, on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28.

She was taken by air am­bu­lance to Pre­ston Royal Hos­pi­tal where her con­di­tion is de­scribed as crit­i­cal.

Po­lice have ap­pealed for wit­nesses to the in­ci­dent, which hap­pened at around 3pm and caused Milnshaw Lane to be closed for three hours while the col­li­sion was in­ves­ti­gated.

In the af­ter­math of the ac­ci­dent con­cerns have been raised about the dan­gers of the road lay­out around Milnshaw Lane.

At the bot­tom there is a junc­tion with Ar­gyle Street close to the point where Milnshaw Lane comes off the viaduct round­about.

And at the top the road is one of four that meet the A680 within a hand­ful of me­tres of each other.

Mark Mar­i­ott, 60, owner of Your Car­pet Shop, which is on this top junc­tion, said: “It is a dread­ful area for traf­fic.

“It is not the first ac­ci­dent and it won’t be the last, you are wait­ing for some­one to be killed. Ev­ery day you hear a dozen horns beep at peo­ple try­ing to cross roads.

“Peo­ple get an­noyed but I don’t know what can be done about it. There will be more ac­ci­dents.

“Peo­ple have such a small amount of time to make a de­ci­sion and go. I don’t know any­where in Ac­cring­ton that is as bad.”

The driver of the Ford Fo­cus was not in­jured in the in­ci­dent.

Sergeant Oliver Jones, from Lan­cashire’s Road Polic­ing Unit, said: “The col­li­sion has left the woman in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion. We’re in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the in­ci­dent and would urge any­one who saw it, to come for­ward.”

A spokesman for the North West Am­bu­lance Ser­vice con­firmed a rapid re­sponse ve­hi­cle, am­bu­lance and air am­bu­lance were called to the col­li­sion and the woman was air­lifted to hos­pi­tal.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call 101 quot­ing log num­ber 979 of Oc­to­ber 28.

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