Man fights for life af­ter head-on smash

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

JON MACPHERSON

AMAN is in crit­i­cal con­di­tion in hos­pi­tal af­ter a hor­ror head-on crash.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to Manch­ester Road in Bax­en­den af­ter re­ports of a two-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion at the junc­tion with New­ton Drive.

Po­lice said a Nis­san Qashqai and Vaux­hall In­signia were trav­el­ling in op­po­site di­rec­tions when they col­lided. The driver of the Nis­san – a 66-year-old from Hasling­den – suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries and was taken to hos­pi­tal where his con­di­tion is de­scribed as crit­i­cal.

A male pas­sen­ger in the Nis­san suf­fered a bro­ken leg and was also taken to Royal Pre­ston Hos­pi­tal.

The driver and front seat pas­sen­ger of the Vaux­hall sus­tained mi­nor in­juries.

A child pas­sen­ger in the back of the car was taken to Royal Manch­ester Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal to be treated for mi­nor in­juries.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened at around 3.15pm on Satur­day, Novem­ber 24 and the road was closed for around seven hours for in­ves­ti­ga­tion works.

San­dra Clark runs the Deli Kitchen 378 sand­wich shop, close to where the col­li­sion hap­pened, and said she was shocked by the in­ci­dent.

She said: “It was quite a nasty in­ci­dent and it’s cer­tainly not a nice thing to see at any time but es­pe­cially so close to Christ­mas.

“I closed the shop at 1pm but heard about it when I got home. My de­liv­ery driver came in this week and said it was a very bad ac­ci­dent.

“He was walk­ing down the road with his dog just af­ter it hap­pened and all the roads were very busy.

“It can be quite a bad road for ac­ci­dents and we’ve had quite a few near misses.”

Two fire en­gines from Hyn­d­burn were called to the scene and used cut­ting equip­ment to re­lease two ca­su­al­ties who were trapped.

A Lan­cashire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice spokesper­son said: “Both ca­su­al­ties were treated by paramedics at the scene and later taken to hos­pi­tal.”

Lan­cashire Po­lice have launched an ap­peal for wit­nesses.

Sergeant Tracey Ward of Lan­cashire’s Road Polic­ing Unit said: “This has hap­pened on a main road on a busy Satur­day af­ter­noon. If you wit­nessed the col­li­sion or have any dash cam footage, please let us know.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call 101 and quot­ing log num­ber 895 of Novem­ber 24.

Emer­gency ser­vices at the crash on Manch­ester Road in Bax­en­den

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