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Haslingden driver crashes after seizure
A driver collided with a lamp-post after suffering a suspected seizure at the wheel.
The 84-year-old man, who has not been named, was driving along Blackburn Road, Haslingden, shortly after 1.45pm yesterday when he collapsed.
He lost control of his blue Citroen C4 before colliding with a lamppost.
Police and paramedics were called to the scene to treat the man and the road was closed for almost three hours as emergency crews released the pensioner from his vehicle.
He was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital. His condition last night was described as ‘serious’. His daughter, who was travelling as his passenger, was also taken to hospital. She is thought to have been treated for shock.
Lancashire County Council was also called to the scene by police as the car had leaked fuel and oil on to the road.
The impact of the collision also forced the council to remove the damaged lamppost.
Traffic was backed up beyond Winfield’s most of the afternoon until the road reopened shortly after 4.30pm.
Road traffic officers are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.
A police spokesman said: “An investigation has been launched in to a crash in Blackburn Road, Haslingden after a car collided with a lamppost.
“Anyone who witnessed the incident should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”