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Driver taken to hospital after accident in Blackburn town centre
9:03am Saturday 17th August 2013 in Blackburn
A DRIVER was taken to hospital after he crashed through a bollard and into a lamppost in Blackburn town centre.
Witnesses said they believed the man, who was in his 60s, had fallen ill at the wheel.
Paramedics and police were called to King Street at around 3.30pm yesterday.
It is understood the man had driven a black Peugeot 308 out of Fleming Square, crashing through the post which stops vehicles getting in.
He then crossed the pavement and continued on to hit the lamppost at the junction of Mincing Lane and King Street head on.
One passerby said: “Something must have happened to the man when he was driving.
“He was lucky to make it through the gap at Fleming Square without hitting the wall.”
A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said: “We got a call at 3.33pm to King Street to reports of a road traffic collision. The car hit the lamppost.
“The driver has been taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital for treatment.”
The driver received a cut to the head, but he was conscious and breathing.
There were no other passengers in the car at the time.
A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We were called after reports a black Peugeot 308 had crashed into a lamppost.
“The road was not blocked, but the Highways Agency was informed to deal with the damage to the lamppost and the bollard.”
The car, which received severe damage to the front and a smashed windscreen, was later taken away by a recovery service.
- A woman in her 20s was cut out of a car and airlifted to hospital after a collision involving three cars.
It happened close to the entrance of the Springwood picnic site in Accrington Road, Whalley, police said.
Emergency services were called at 4.30pm yesterday and said a Peugeot 407, Ford Ka, Nissan Micra and an Astra were involved.
The road was shut and the North West Air Ambulance landed at Whalley Golf Club.
The injured woman was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital with serious injuries and her family were at her bedside last night.
Police said they arrested a 37-year-old man on suspicion of dangerous driving. He was in custody last night.
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