Girl, 13, survives horror crash

Road traffic accident involving a cyclist on Freckleton Road in Kirkham.
Road traffic accident involving a cyclist on Freckleton Road in Kirkham.
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A schoolgirl was recovering in hospital today after being left with serious head injuries when she collided with a car on her way to school.

The 13-year-old was crossing Freckleton Street on her bike at the junction with the A583 in Kirkham at 7.15am yesterday when she suffered the suspected life threatening injuries.

The girl, who goes to school in Fleetwood, was taken to Preston Royal Hospital and was kept in overnight for observation, but is expected to make a full recovery.

The 41-year-old driver of the silver Renault Megane involved in the incident is helping police with their inquiries and officers are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Sgt Mick Young, from the Force Road Policing Unit, said: “I would appeal to anybody that witnessed this collision or with any information that could assist with the investigation to contact Lancashire Police on 101.”

Neighbours living close to the scene reacted with horror to the incident after it unfolded outside their homes.

Garrad Innes, 24, of The Crossroads, on Freckleton Street, said: “We opened the curtains and saw the ambulance and quick response cars on the road and when I saw the bike I thought something serious had happened.

“It’s pretty shocking because I’ve lived here about a year and never woke up to something like that before.”

Neighbour Scott Celler, 24, added: “We looked down through the window and saw the ambulance and police and when we looked further there was a bike in the road.

“The road looked like we wouldn’t be able to get out of the flat today and it was very serious.

“It was pretty shocking because I thought it was a safe place to cross with a crossing being there.

“As long as you are using the crossing you should be all right.”

Postman Laurence Wheeler, 35, from Freckleton Street, Kirkham, said: “It’s absolute chaos around here with traffic and cars and the junction is very bad.

“When you go out about nine in the morning all the HGVs are coming across the road, you can’t see what’s coming and cars are going in both directions.

“Kids are running the risk when they go out.”

Kay Pettigrew, 57, of Freckleton Street, said: “It’s a bad accident and it’s frightening to cross those roads.

“The traffic is horrendous and you are lucky if you can cross the road between 8.30 and nine in the morning.

“I just hope she’s all right.”