Lucky es­cape in bus stop crash

Rossendale Free Press - - Front Page - CHRIS GEE chris.gee@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @RossFreePress

ABUS pas­sen­ger had a very lucky es­cape when a car left the road and struck a shel­ter when the driver was taken ill at the wheel.

Po­lice and paramedics at­tended Burnley Road in Rawten­stall at 12.25pm on Thurs­day, March 29 af­ter re­ports of the ‘ter­ri­fy­ing’ col­li­sion.

Po­lice said one per­son was stood in the shel­ter at the time of the col­li­sion, but was thank­fully un­in­jured.

They added that the male driver ‘felt un­well at the wheel’ prior to clip- ping at least one parked car and leav­ing the road.

Po­lice said the driver had al­ready been spo­ken to af­ter a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent ear­lier in the day but had then got be­hind the wheel again prior to the ac­ci­dent.

A spokesman for Ros- sendale po­lice said: “We at­tended the scene of an road traf­fic ac­ci­dent to­day where the ve­hi­cle had crashed into a bus stop.

“Luck­ily the sole oc­cu­pant of the bus stop was not in­jured.

“The driver was not in­jured but had suf­fered a med­i­cal episode at the wheel.”

Po­lice said the col­li­sion in­volved a white Vaux­hall Corsa at the Burnley bound side of the road close to Lee Mill.

He­len Atkin­son, 57, of nearby Newchurch Road, said she had been pass­ing the area shortly af­ter the ac­ci­dent.

She said: “It would have been ter­ri­fy­ing for any­one at the bus stop.

“The car was fully off the road and had dam­aged the side of the shel­ter.

“There was de­bris and glass in the road and on the pave­ment.

“It looked like an older man in the car who was be­ing at­tended to.

“It’s very lucky no­body was hurt.”

John Ash­worth, 42, of Craw­shaw­booth, said: “At school go­ing home time you see a lot of chil­dren from Alder Grange school at that stop so thank good­ness this hap­pened at a quiet time of the day.

“No­body ex­pects a car to leave the road like that but it sounds like an ac­ci­dent.”

The car at the bus stop on Burnley Road, Rawten­stall

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