10:00am Wednesday 7th May 2014
By Jessica Cree
AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a BMW was badly damaged after it crashed into a pillar in a supermarket car park.
The silver car smashed into the concrete structure after the driver lost control of the vehicle, which was carrying three passengers, firefighters said.
Paramedics were also called to Morrisons, in Blackburn, after the driver rang police to tell them about the crash which happened after the store was closed.
One of the men who was sat in the back of the car and was in his 20s, suffered an injury to his eye and was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital.
The car hit the pillar head on, causing the front end of it to fold in.
A probe has now been launched into the circumstances of the crash.
Last summer police were made aware of motorists driving ‘recklessly’ on the roof of the car park in souped-up hatchbacks and off-road buggies.
But a police spokesman said today they believed there was no longer a problem of that kind.
Morrisons however said they will continue to monitor the car park and ensure 'it is not used in an irresponsible and dangerous manner'.
Acting crew manager Kirsty McCreesh, from Blackburn Fire Station, said emergency services were called around 8.20pm on Monday, 20 minutes after the Railway Road store closed.
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She said: “The driver had lost control of the car.
“It had gone into the pillar so the front end was not looking very pretty.
“All of the passengers were out on arrival, we just made the scene safe.”
The Morrison’s spokesman said: “The car park must remain accessible in the evenings to allow access for staff and other businesses.
“We will continue to work closely with the police to discuss if there is more that can be done.”
Shear Brow Councillor Suleman Khonat said: “These things can be fatal. There could have been anybody walking past."
Town centre sergeant Nick Everett said: “Police were called to a report of a road traffic collision on Morrisons car park.
“It has been investigated by officers from Greenbank Police station.”
He added that he believed the issue of dangerous driving on the car park had been resolved last summer.
No arrests had been made.
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