A man who died after his car crashed into Blackpool’s sea wall has been named.
The North West Air Ambulance was scrambled as 999 crews raced to save driver Jeffrey Martin after his car crashed near Blackpool Light Craft Club at Starr Gate.
Mr Martin, 38, died two hours later in hospital.
The crash happened at 10.40am on Saturday.
Mr Martin, from Fleetwood, suffered extensive injuries and died at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Witnesses described the moment the car crashed into a post at the start of the sea wall.
One man, who asked not to be named, said: “We heard the engine and then the crash.
“The next thing all the emergency services were here, including the air ambulance.”
Gary Mawlon, 41, lives on Clifton Drive, near to where the incident happened.
He said: “It’s just awful.
“I saw the air ambulance and the emergency services but I didn’t hear until later what happened.
“I am very sorry to hear about this man.”
Ian Muir, from Rutherford Place, just off Clifton Drive, added: “It’s very sad.
“I saw the helicopter going round and a couple of police cars at the entrance of the beach.
“There must have been people who saw it happen as it was very busy at that time on Saturday.”
Police say it is believed Mr Martin was sat in his car, a black Daewoo Lanos, near to the collision scene before the incident.
Sgt Mick Young from the Road Policing Unit said: “An investigation is underway into the full circumstances of what has happened.
“We believe Mr Martin had been sitting in his car parked up on Squires Gate Lane, behind the tram station, facing the beach for around two hours prior to the collision.”
Although the North West Air Ambulance was scrambled to the scene, it is believed Mr Martin was taken to hospital by road after being cut free by the fire service.
A spokeswoman for the North West Air Ambulance said: “We were called out to a mission in Blackpool at around 10.45am involving a man in his 30s.”
A spokeswoman for the fire and rescue service said firefighters used special cutters and spreaders to release Mr Martin from his car.
Squires Gate Lane was closed for around three hours while police carried out an investigation into what happened.
Sgt Young urged anyone who witnessed the collision, or saw Mr Martin parked on Squires Gate Lane earlier on Saturday morning, to contact Lancashire Police by calling 101.
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