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Burnley driver suffers serious injuries
2:09pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
AN elderly motorist was taken to hospital with serious head injuries after crashing into the back of a parked car on a busy road in Burnley.
Firefighters cut the roof off the black Peugeot 205 to free the 73-year-old man, who witnesses described as being in a ‘state of shock’.
He had been driving along Manchester Road when he hit a dark grey Vauxhall Corsa, parked on the corner of Rosemount Avenue, around 10.25am yesterday. The impact shunted the back of the Corsa further into the avenue, blocking the road.
Staff from the Margaret House nursing home, in Manchester Road, were among the first on the scene and opened the door and spoke to him. They said he was in a ‘state of shock’ but conscious and had cuts to his face.
Witnesses originally said they saw a man running from the scene, but police said this was a case of mistaken identity and the man running had not been involved in the incident.
Another resident said: “I heard a loud bang and thought it was a lorry at first. The cars looked quite badly damaged and there were a lot of police, firefighters and paramedics.”
The driver is in the Royal Preston Hospital, but a police spokesman said his condition was ‘not life-threatening or life-changing’.
Traffic police investigators remained at the scene until 1.30pm and Manchester Road was closed from the junction with Scott Park Road to just past Rosemount Avenue.
Police are appealing for witnesses to call them on 101.
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