CRASH HORROR: Man hit by car after stopping to warn East Lancs farmer about sheep

A682 near Blacko where the accident happened

A682 near Blacko where the accident happened

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A MAN was hit by a car as he tried to warn a farmer his sheep were in the road.

The 60-year-old, who was driving on the A682 between Nelson and Gisburn with his wife, had pulled over to raise the alarm.

As the man was making his way back to his car, he was hit by a Toyota Yaris, police said.

He mounted the bonnet and hit the windscreen, suffering serious head injuries.

An air ambulance was called and landed in a nearby field before airlifting the man to Royal Preston Hospital.

The road, one of the most dangerous in East Lancashire, was closed for around three hours following the incident near Stocks Lane, close to Little Middop Farm in Burnley Road, at 12.30pm yesterday.

A woman out walking nearby said: “I didn’t see it happen, I just know that there was a crowd gathered and someone called the ambulance. People had stopped their cars while the air ambulance came.

"A friend of mine offered to help but was told it was OK. Apparently his wife was there too, he had got out of their car because there was a sheep in the road.”

A number of people in the area said there was a need for traffic calming on the road, which has a national speed limit.

Resident Darren Reynolds, a former Burnley councillor, said: “It’s shocking. Most years somebody dies on that road.

“It’s high time that the local authority implement an effective scheme to reduce the number of accidents, because we as residents are fed up of the sickening injuries that happen to people on the road and it needs to stop.”

Gisburn councillor Richard Sherras said: “It’s not a very good place. If I was walking around that area I would be very wary of traffic.

“There are signs on the road and I think it says ‘slow’ on the road, but it’s especially bad near Little Middop Farm.”

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9:40am Tue 8 Jul 14

travel happy wanderer says...

Hope the gentleman is ok and make's a swift recovery. There is no dangerous road anywhere it is just that people don't drive to the condition of the road they are on. Modern cars make people think they are safe from anything and drive so.
Hope the gentleman is ok and make's a swift recovery. There is no dangerous road anywhere it is just that people don't drive to the condition of the road they are on. Modern cars make people think they are safe from anything and drive so. travel happy wanderer
  • Score: 49

9:46am Tue 8 Jul 14

brossen99 says...

Looks like bent LCC officers are deliberately not maintaining the white lines here as well ?

By the time I got to Copster Green it was just dark enough to put the lights on and I noted that the Keep Left bollards were so dirty that they were difficult to see even though I was only doing 30 due to the car in front thinking the limit was 30 and not risking getting caught by the fixed speed camera. On the way out my eyes are good enough to notice that there wasn't a camera in it even if it was so overgrown by the hedge that its probably useless anyway, and the pedestrian islands are unsightly anyway due to grass growing in the accumulated dirt around the kerbs. Just to be Ironic I suspect if LCC officers see this they will twist it and use it to cut the speed limit to 30 just like they probably did with my new development Billington junction observations they probably used as justification to reduce the height limit under the rail bridge at Langho, in order to give Lancashire United the excuse they needed to close the old Ribble bus depot at Clitheroe because they couldn't base the 13ft8 old but still serviceable school contract double deckers anymore ( and perhaps LCC had to pay more for newer buses like with the local village services ) and sell the site for executive housing development. When I was at said depot in 1991 one of the more competent drivers took a 14ft1 marked brand new double decker though dead slow towards Blackburn ?

Copster Green bollards now cleaned but most likely to get hit replaced battleship grey no arrows or lighting !
Looks like bent LCC officers are deliberately not maintaining the white lines here as well ? By the time I got to Copster Green it was just dark enough to put the lights on and I noted that the Keep Left bollards were so dirty that they were difficult to see even though I was only doing 30 due to the car in front thinking the limit was 30 and not risking getting caught by the fixed speed camera. On the way out my eyes are good enough to notice that there wasn't a camera in it even if it was so overgrown by the hedge that its probably useless anyway, and the pedestrian islands are unsightly anyway due to grass growing in the accumulated dirt around the kerbs. Just to be Ironic I suspect if LCC officers see this they will twist it and use it to cut the speed limit to 30 just like they probably did with my new development Billington junction observations they probably used as justification to reduce the height limit under the rail bridge at Langho, in order to give Lancashire United the excuse they needed to close the old Ribble bus depot at Clitheroe because they couldn't base the 13ft8 old but still serviceable school contract double deckers anymore ( and perhaps LCC had to pay more for newer buses like with the local village services ) and sell the site for executive housing development. When I was at said depot in 1991 one of the more competent drivers took a 14ft1 marked brand new double decker though dead slow towards Blackburn ? Copster Green bollards now cleaned but most likely to get hit replaced battleship grey no arrows or lighting ! brossen99
  • Score: 2

11:44am Tue 8 Jul 14

cloud99 says...

“It’s high time that the local authority implement an effective scheme to reduce the number of accidents, because we as residents are fed up of the sickening injuries that happen to people on the road and it needs to stop.”

No scheme will stop the accidents, only people driving properly will stop them. I avoid this road when possible as there are way too many idiots on it who drive on it as if it were a race track. I've lost count the number of vehicles that have come round corners on the wrong side of the road.
“It’s high time that the local authority implement an effective scheme to reduce the number of accidents, because we as residents are fed up of the sickening injuries that happen to people on the road and it needs to stop.” No scheme will stop the accidents, only people driving properly will stop them. I avoid this road when possible as there are way too many idiots on it who drive on it as if it were a race track. I've lost count the number of vehicles that have come round corners on the wrong side of the road. cloud99
  • Score: 36

1:18pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Pendlesider says...

an idiot actually overtook me at speed on that bend on the steep hill going down to Little middop farmhouse. there are already signs warning of animals crossing the roads in that area. unfortuately, on this stretch of road there seem to be more idiots wandering about driving at high speed than there are sheep. hope the chap is ok, but its too narrow to park on that road expecting overtaking car will def be VERY dangerous if stood in the road.
an idiot actually overtook me at speed on that bend on the steep hill going down to Little middop farmhouse. there are already signs warning of animals crossing the roads in that area. unfortuately, on this stretch of road there seem to be more idiots wandering about driving at high speed than there are sheep. hope the chap is ok, but its too narrow to park on that road expecting overtaking car will def be VERY dangerous if stood in the road. Pendlesider
  • Score: 20

1:59pm Tue 8 Jul 14

woolywords says...

anyone know, if the sheep was OK?
anyone know, if the sheep was OK? woolywords
  • Score: -6

2:02pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Benpupdog says...

No mention of who was driving the Toyota Yaris ???????
No mention of who was driving the Toyota Yaris ??????? Benpupdog
  • Score: 7

4:29pm Tue 8 Jul 14

POW WOW says...

The Yaris driver may have been with the designated speed limit at the time, but what if there was slow moving farm equipment such as a combine Harvester? Would the driver then have been able to take evasive action at the permitted speed ?
The Yaris driver may have been with the designated speed limit at the time, but what if there was slow moving farm equipment such as a combine Harvester? Would the driver then have been able to take evasive action at the permitted speed ? POW WOW
  • Score: 3

10:06pm Tue 8 Jul 14

M Foster says...

It's a spade! wrote:
The sheep were on the road on Sunday evening.

I'm afraid it's not the road, its the idiots that drive on it both cars and particularly motorbikes. I think many of them imagine its the TT course!

I drive on this road a lot and some of the pi$$ poor driving is something to behold. But, like I say it's not the road its the drivers and i'm afraid our roads in general are full of people who just shouldn't be in charge of cars or bikes.
Please keep off the bikers! Most ride sensibly and safely but it is the idiotic car drivers I see most at fault and there are far more of those. I have both ridden and driven without accident for some 50 years until some security van driver ("Sorry, didn't see you Mate, even though you had headlight on, a hi-viz vest and doing about 20-25mph") pulled out on me from Morrison's in Skipton last year, writing off my new little 125 bike and putting me in A&E. I do agree with other here, roads are not dangerous, only irresponsible drivers/riders - just like guns/knives do not kill, only people.
Best wishes to the gentleman, I had just come down the road with a caravan a short time earlier earlier but no sheep seen - just a goat laying on the verge near Todber.
[quote][p][bold]It's a spade![/bold] wrote: The sheep were on the road on Sunday evening. I'm afraid it's not the road, its the idiots that drive on it both cars and particularly motorbikes. I think many of them imagine its the TT course! I drive on this road a lot and some of the pi$$ poor driving is something to behold. But, like I say it's not the road its the drivers and i'm afraid our roads in general are full of people who just shouldn't be in charge of cars or bikes.[/p][/quote]Please keep off the bikers! Most ride sensibly and safely but it is the idiotic car drivers I see most at fault and there are far more of those. I have both ridden and driven without accident for some 50 years until some security van driver ("Sorry, didn't see you Mate, even though you had headlight on, a hi-viz vest and doing about 20-25mph") pulled out on me from Morrison's in Skipton last year, writing off my new little 125 bike and putting me in A&E. I do agree with other here, roads are not dangerous, only irresponsible drivers/riders - just like guns/knives do not kill, only people. Best wishes to the gentleman, I had just come down the road with a caravan a short time earlier earlier but no sheep seen - just a goat laying on the verge near Todber. M Foster
  • Score: -3

10:56am Wed 9 Jul 14

Jimbok says...

It's a spade! wrote:
The sheep were on the road on Sunday evening.

I'm afraid it's not the road, its the idiots that drive on it both cars and particularly motorbikes. I think many of them imagine its the TT course!

I drive on this road a lot and some of the pi$$ poor driving is something to behold. But, like I say it's not the road its the drivers and i'm afraid our roads in general are full of people who just shouldn't be in charge of cars or bikes.
I live by this road and regularly travel up to Gisburn to visit family. The bikers at weekends make it a very scary experience with their tail-gating, excessive speed, overtaking on blind bends etc. Quite a few have told me it is a well-known unofficial race track with target times to get to various points. Every weekend ambulances that could be employed elsewhere scream past my house getting to the latest one. I pray for rain when I know I have to use the road as that seems to be the only thing that can deter the two-wheeled nutters.
[quote][p][bold]It's a spade![/bold] wrote: The sheep were on the road on Sunday evening. I'm afraid it's not the road, its the idiots that drive on it both cars and particularly motorbikes. I think many of them imagine its the TT course! I drive on this road a lot and some of the pi$$ poor driving is something to behold. But, like I say it's not the road its the drivers and i'm afraid our roads in general are full of people who just shouldn't be in charge of cars or bikes.[/p][/quote]I live by this road and regularly travel up to Gisburn to visit family. The bikers at weekends make it a very scary experience with their tail-gating, excessive speed, overtaking on blind bends etc. Quite a few have told me it is a well-known unofficial race track with target times to get to various points. Every weekend ambulances that could be employed elsewhere scream past my house getting to the latest one. I pray for rain when I know I have to use the road as that seems to be the only thing that can deter the two-wheeled nutters. Jimbok
  • Score: 6

1:23pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Darren_Reynolds says...

Jimbok is spot on.

M Foster wrote:

Please keep off the bikers! Most ride sensibly and safely


Come and spend a Sunday sitting outside our house on the A682 and keep a tally of lunatics versus sensible riders. I think you will change your mind.
Jimbok is spot on. M Foster wrote: [quote]Please keep off the bikers! Most ride sensibly and safely[/quote] Come and spend a Sunday sitting outside our house on the A682 and keep a tally of lunatics versus sensible riders. I think you will change your mind. Darren_Reynolds
  • Score: 2

1:27pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Darren_Reynolds says...

cloud99 wrote:
“It’s high time that the local authority implement an effective scheme to reduce the number of accidents, because we as residents are fed up of the sickening injuries that happen to people on the road and it needs to stop.”

No scheme will stop the accidents, only people driving properly will stop them. I avoid this road when possible as there are way too many idiots on it who drive on it as if it were a race track. I've lost count the number of vehicles that have come round corners on the wrong side of the road.
If we thought the local authority had no role to play, then we could scrap speed limits, road markings and signage altogether. In fact, why even bother with tarmac? Just let people make their own paths over the countryside.

No, of course the local authority has a role to play. The accident evidence and irresponsible driving demonstrate that the current markings and signage are inadequate and ineffective. The authority needs to take steps to encourage and/or force drivers to behave responsibly. Of course the drivers and riders have a responsibility to drive safely, but sitting here blaming them isn't going to change anything. Only the County Council can do that.
[quote][p][bold]cloud99[/bold] wrote: “It’s high time that the local authority implement an effective scheme to reduce the number of accidents, because we as residents are fed up of the sickening injuries that happen to people on the road and it needs to stop.” No scheme will stop the accidents, only people driving properly will stop them. I avoid this road when possible as there are way too many idiots on it who drive on it as if it were a race track. I've lost count the number of vehicles that have come round corners on the wrong side of the road.[/p][/quote]If we thought the local authority had no role to play, then we could scrap speed limits, road markings and signage altogether. In fact, why even bother with tarmac? Just let people make their own paths over the countryside. No, of course the local authority has a role to play. The accident evidence and irresponsible driving demonstrate that the current markings and signage are inadequate and ineffective. The authority needs to take steps to encourage and/or force drivers to behave responsibly. Of course the drivers and riders have a responsibility to drive safely, but sitting here blaming them isn't going to change anything. Only the County Council can do that. Darren_Reynolds
  • Score: 1

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