Police seek witnesses after fatal crash

The scene of the crash
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A MOTORIST who survived a head-on horror crash which left two men dead was today being treated in intensive care.

The 59-year-old man, from Poulton, suffered serious internal and leg injuries after his Ford Focus collided with a Volkswagen Golf on the A674 Preston Old Road near Blackburn.

Police said the man, who has not been named, remained in a serious but stable condition in Royal Blackburn Hospital.

Today, a woman who was one of the first on the scene, described how she tried to help the injured man just seconds after the crash which happened at 11.30pm on Wednesday.

A 34-year-old father-of-two, from Blackburn, named locally as Kevin Evans, was the front seat passenger in the Golf and died in Royal Blackburn Hospital.

A 35-year-old man from Bamber Bridge, who was driving, also suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene, as reported in The Gazette yesterday.

Christine Cooke, 70, whose home is close to the bend where the accident happened, said she heard the impact of the crash shortly after going to bed.

She said: “It looked extremely serious.

“The cars were in a really bad state with the bonnets of both of them pushed right back.

“Another car had already stopped to help and the driver of the Ford Focus was sitting in the back. I went and sat with him until the police and ambulance arrived. He was very shocked and clearly had leg injuries.”

Mrs Cooke, a motorsport steward, said the stretch of road where the accident happened was well known as a blackspot.

She said: “Ten cars crashed into the wall by my house in the first 12 years after I moved here.

“It’s because of local people campaigning that there is now a barrier there.

“We’ve asked for a speed camera, but nothing has happened. The limit is 30 but you see people who must be doing 40 or 50.”

Mrs Cooke said the Golf, which had been travelling towards Blackburn, appeared to have spun round and hit the wall on the opposite side of the road, coming to rest facing the other way.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the accident to come forward.

Sgt Jon Allwright, from Lancashire’s Road Policing Unit, said: “This is a tragic accident that affects three families and we have specially trained officers supporting them.

“I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or perhaps saw the vehicles in the run up to the collision to come forward.”

Anyone with information can call the road policing unit at Samlesbury on 101.

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