Woman hit by driverless car on her way to work in Blackpool

Whitegate Drive close to Gorse Road (Pic: Google)
Whitegate Drive close to Gorse Road (Pic: Google)

A woman walking to work along Whitegate Drive in Blackpool was hit by a driverless car this morning.

Officers said the woman was walking towards the Belle Vue pub, close to the junction with Gorse Road, when a large red car mounted the kerb and hit her at around 10am.

"Luckily, the victim is not badly injured but very shaken up," PC Dan White said.

The driver of the red car, possibly a Citroen, is believed to have climbed out while it was still in motion, causing it swerve off the road, moments before the collision.

Described as a man in his late 40s with white skin and around 5ft 6ins in height, of skinny build, with a bald head and wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans, the driver was then seen walking off down Gorse Road.

After veering slowly back into the middle of the road, the car lurched to a sudden stop, according to a witness. A woman then got out of the front passenger's seat, walked around the back to the driver's side, and drove off.

She exchanged words with the driver of a white van immediately behind it, PC White added.

He urged 'any witnesses who can offer any further details of the vehicle' to call 101, quoting log number LC-20170723-0508.