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Woman, 74, fights for life after being struck down in Nelson horror smash
AN ELDERLY woman was in a critical condition after being thrown ‘more than 10 feet in the air’ after being struck by a car on a notorious main road.
The 74-year-old, who witnesses said was clutching a bus pass, was struck by a green Honda Civic car while crossing Leeds Road, Nelson, at around noon yesterday.
The driver of the car, a 19-year-old local man, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving.
Witnesses described hearing the screeching of tyres in the moments before the collision, close to the junction with Beech Street.
A half-mile stretch of the busy road, from Walton Street to St Philip’s Church, was closed for more than five hours yesterday as investigations got underway.
The pensioner was airlifted to hospital.
The air ambulance landed on a grassed area at the back of terrace homes in Leeds Road and the victim was flown to Royal Preston Hospital where her condition last night was described as critical.
Frazer Scott, 23, from Blackburn, who works at Kwik Fit on Leeds Road saw the ‘horrifying’ incident unfold.
He said: “I was in the yard when I heard a loud skidding noise. I turned round and saw the Honda travelling towards the old lady, who was crossing the road.
“It must have skidded about 30 to 40 feet before the front offside of the car struck her. She was thrown high into the air, around 10 feet. It was sickening to see, terrible.
“I ran across to help along with other people and luckily a lady with medical experience stopped and looked after her until an ambulance, and later the helicopter arrived.”
Last night police were conducting skid tests and measuring tyre marks close to the point of the collision.
Tariq Chaudhry, 50, who runs Ghausia Halal Meat, in Leeds Road, said he and many of his neighbours were concerned about the speed of traffic on Leeds Road.
He said: “It’s a long, straight stretch of road and people can gather up speed very quickly.
“A lot of us have been worried about the safety of the road. There are no cameras or traffic calming measures on this part of the road.
“Everyone in the neighbourhood is shaken up by this and we are all hoping that this lady is going to be okay.”
Coun Eileen Ansar, a Pendle councillor and Nelson Town Council chairman, said: “I am so sorry to hear about this accident and my thoughts are with her and her family.
“This is not the first time we have had problems along Leeds Road. We need to put some measures in place which will curb drivers’ speeds – it’s a nightmare stretch of road.”
Three years ago 33-year-old Amanda Bailey, was killed by a speeding hit-and-run driver in Leeds Road, not far from yesterday’s accident site.
Sgt Finn Quainton, from the road policing unit, said: “I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and who witnessed the collision to come forward and contact us.
“The family of the lady involved are being informed and specially trained family liaison officers will be supporting and working with them.”
The arrested teenager, who was the only occupant of the car involved, remained in custody at Burnley Police Station last night.
Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call the Road Policing Unit at Colne on 101.
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