Shock after pensioner’s road crash death

Scene of a fatal traffic accident, Amounderness Way.
Scene of a fatal traffic accident, Amounderness Way.
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Residents have spoken of their shock after an elderly pensioner died in a horror crash on a busy road.

The 85-year-old man was involved in a collision with a silver Audi A3 on Amounderness Way, close to the River Wyre pub roundabout, Poulton, on Saturday evening.

The man, who is thought to be from Poulton, was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital, where he died from multiple injuries yesterday morning.

He has not been named as police are now trying to trace his family.

The driver of the car, a man from the North East has been spoken to by police, but has not been arrested.

The Gazette understands the driver was visiting family on the Fylde coast before the accident.

Staff at the Thornton Lodge pub, where it is thought the pensioner may have been visiting prior to the incident, said they were shocked to find out what had happened.

A nearby resident told The Gazette: “That road is horribly busy – no matter what time of day or night it is. I wouldn’t like to cross it, it’s horrible.”The exact circumstances leading up to the incident, which took place at around 7pm, are now under investigation.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the crash to come forward.

Sgt James Power, from the road policing unit, said: “I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and who witnessed what happened to come forward and contact the police.

“An investigation is now underway to establish exactly what happened.”

It is thought the pensioner who died may be a resident at a care home in the Poulton area.

Father John Walsh, priest at the nearby St John The Evangelist church, said he was saddened to hear of the tragedy.

He added: “It is just awful. I didn’t know anything about it until somebody mentioned it to me the next day. I will definitely mention the accident at Mass on Monday.”

A spokesman at Thornton Lodge pub close to the crash scene, said: “The police have been in to speak to the manager.

“We are still in the process of working out if the man was a regular at the pub and if in fact he had been in the pub that night.”

The A585 was closed, between the River Wyre and Norcross roundabouts, for three hours while police carried out their investigation.

Several nearby residents said they were saddened to hear about what had happened but that speeding was at problem at that junction.

One resident said: “ I cross that roundabout every day. The cars do come quickly so you have to be careful.

“I saw some flashing blue lights which must have been the emergency services.”

Witnesses, or anyone with information which could help accident investigators, are urged to call Lancashire Police on 101.