Lucky to be alive after horror crash

horror crash Wreckage at the junction of West Drive and Cleveleys Avenue, Cleveleys. Below: Alan Aldred.
horror crash Wreckage at the junction of West Drive and Cleveleys Avenue, Cleveleys. Below: Alan Aldred.
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A walking wounded van driver today told how he is “lucky to be alive” after surviving this horror crash.

Alan Aldred’s van flipped onto its side, careered down the road and stopped just short of ploughing into a man walking his children to school.

Alan Aldred was involved in a road traffic collision with his van this morning on West Drive in Cleveleys.

Alan Aldred was involved in a road traffic collision with his van this morning on West Drive in Cleveleys.

A woman, believed to be in her late 20s, had to be stretchered from a Ford Ka which was in collision with the electrician’s Peugeot Boxer on the corner of West Drive and Cleveleys Avenue in Cleveleys at 8.45am yesterday.

Mr Aldred, 53, who lives with his wife Julie and twin sons Thomas and Nicholas, both 18, in Lauderdale Avenue, Cleveleys, said: “I had just driven over the tram tracks and was heading down West Drive.

“I would say I was going about 15 to 20mph, when the driver’s side of the van collided with the car.

“The next thing I knew, the van lifted, then flipped over onto its side.

“I was hanging there in the passenger seat with just the seat belt holding me in place as the van was sliding down the road. It must have moved about 10 metres. Amazingly, it stopped just metres from hitting a man and his two children walking to school near the pavement.

“I managed to get my seatbelt off but was struggling to get out.

“That man, whoever he was, really helped me by holding open the door for me to get out – I must thank him.

“With the collision being on the driver’s side, I feel lucky to be alive.”

The female driver of the Ford Ka was stretchered from the crumpled car and placed in a neck brace.

A spokeswoman for the North West Ambulance Service confirmed she was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for treatment with injuries to her right ankle.

Richard Hunt, 48, was riding his bike to work when he saw the “shocking” crash scene.

He said: “I was coming down Cleveleys Avenue when I got to the junction and saw all the damage. It was quite shocking. The damaged car was crumpled at the front with the woman inside – she was wailing and clearly in distress. The van was lying on its side. People were trying to comfort the woman who was clearly in a lot of pain. I must have arrived minutes after the incident as no police or ambulance crews had turned up yet.”

Following the incident, Mr Aldred said he went home, but soon started to feel unwell, suffering from bumps and bruises as well as ringing in his ears.

He went to Blackpool Victoria Hospital where it was confirmed he was suffering from concussion. He added: “Being self-employed I’ll have to wait for the van to be repaired. But I suppose it will get sorted and I am glad no-one has been seriously hurt.

“I feel like I have had a lucky escape – only a few nights ago I was out on my motorbike, if I’d had a collision like that when riding it would have been a lot more serious.”

A Lancashire Police spokeswoman said the car and van were removed from the road after the incident by an accident management team. Oil which had leaked onto the road from the vehicles was cleaned up.

West Drive and Cleveleys Avenue re-opened around noon.

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