Driver injured in crash horror

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A VAN driver had his legs crushed in an horrific crash in Hambleton.

A 30-year-old man was believed to have been making a delivery to the post office, on Sandy Lane, when a car collided with the Mercedes Sprinter van, trapping him in the middle.

The road was closed by police shortly after 12pm yesterday as ambulance crews went to the man’s aid.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “It appears the man has been reaching into the back of his van when another vehicle has been in collision with him.

“His legs have been crushed between the back steps of his van and the bumper of the other vehicle.

“He was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

“At this stage the exact severity of his injuries are not known, although they’re not life threatening, they are thought to be potentially life changing.”

Paramedics treated a woman driver for shock at the scene.

A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: “The ambulance arrived to help the delivery driver, his leg seemed to be in a very bad way.”

“We didn’t actually see the crash but we were inside the house and heard the impact.

“I don’t know what actually happened but the elderly lady who had been driving the Volvo was very, very upset and being comforted by police.”

Another neighbour added: “We’ve been trying to work out what actually happened.

“There seemed to be another car involved as we saw a third one with impact marks on the front passenger side.

“There was a big funeral going on in Hambleton today and the procession was preparing to leave but the funeral car couldn’t get to the house because the police had closed the road so all the mourners had to walk to meet the car.”

It is believed the van driver is from the Darwen area.

Police are now appealing for anybody who witnessed the collision to come forward.

Sgt Gareth Hill, from the road policing unit, said: “This man has sustained some very serious injuries and I would appeal to anybody who saw what happened to contact police.”

Anybody with any information can contact police on 08451 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers 0800 555111.