Man, 81, injured after car hits truck in Pendle

WRECKAGE The aftermath of the collision

WRECKAGE The aftermath of the collision

First published in Pendle Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Assistant picture editor

AN 81-YEAR-OLD man was airlifted to hopital with serious head injuries after his car crashed into the back of a stationary truck.

The driver was taken to Royal Preston Hospital after his Toyota Corolla ploughed into the back of the 7.5 tonne truck in Colne Road, near the Old Stone Trough hotel, at around 10am yesterday.

Traffic police and paramedics bent the door back to free the elderly driver, from Skipton, who also sustained a suspected broken leg in the accident.

Police closed the road between Foulridge and Kelbrook for two hours causing long tailbacks while they carried out an investigation.

The driver of the QNQ recovery truck, from Barnsley, which had broken down, sustained back injuries from the collision, police said.

Firefighters from Barnolds-wick were called to the scene by the police, but were not needed.

Station manager Denise Odgers said: “The casualty was out of the car when we arrived. We did a little preventative work to stop fuel spillage on the road.”

PC Brendan Williams, from Colne road policing unit, said: “The car driver was taken to hospital by helicopter.’ “He is not suffering from serious injuries, but we believe he may have been taken ill at the wheel.

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“Initially we called for assistance from the fire brigade, but road police and paramedics were able to bend the door back and release the driver.

“He hit the 7.5 tonne truck, causing substantial damage to his vehicle.

The truck had been parked for around an hour and a half because it had broken down and was awaiting recovery.

“It was visible from some distance away and for some unknown reason the casualty has not seen it.

“The man was conscious and talking but clearly shaken up.”

A spokeswoman from the North West Air Ambulance said: “We can confirm that we were called to the incident at 10.22am involving a male in his 80s.”

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9:28am Fri 9 Nov 12

mavrick says...

I hope the poor chap is going to be o.k but it does agin raise the question of older drivers.
I hope the poor chap is going to be o.k but it does agin raise the question of older drivers. mavrick
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10:52am Fri 9 Nov 12

Happy Soul says...

I totally agree Mavrick. Young drivers aren't the only ones responsible for accidents.
I totally agree Mavrick. Young drivers aren't the only ones responsible for accidents. Happy Soul
  • Score: 0

11:41am Fri 9 Nov 12

barlickmafia says...

Anyone over the age of 70 should have to have a medical and driving test every year to keep their license. The amount of incompetent elderly drivers on the road are a risk to everyone. However the poor bloke was probably off to do his shopping which is a trip he wouldnt need to make if the muppets on Barnoldswick town council would get the supermarket plans sorted then the elderly of West craven could use their bus pass to get competitve shopping orices instead of the extorionate prices the CO-OP offer.
Anyone over the age of 70 should have to have a medical and driving test every year to keep their license. The amount of incompetent elderly drivers on the road are a risk to everyone. However the poor bloke was probably off to do his shopping which is a trip he wouldnt need to make if the muppets on Barnoldswick town council would get the supermarket plans sorted then the elderly of West craven could use their bus pass to get competitve shopping orices instead of the extorionate prices the CO-OP offer. barlickmafia
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12:33pm Fri 9 Nov 12

barlicker says...

He was driving from Skipton- there are plenty of Supermarkets there Barlickmafia. Mind you, he was probably going to Boundary Mill- Gods waiting room- maybe Barlick should get one of those instead?

I went past at 8.20am- the truck was there then- lights ablaze, pulled in to the side, however, getting round it was a task, due to the busy oncoming traffic.
He was driving from Skipton- there are plenty of Supermarkets there Barlickmafia. Mind you, he was probably going to Boundary Mill- Gods waiting room- maybe Barlick should get one of those instead? I went past at 8.20am- the truck was there then- lights ablaze, pulled in to the side, however, getting round it was a task, due to the busy oncoming traffic. barlicker
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12:53pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Major Tom says...

To old to drive imo. Retest anybody every 5 years. Over 60 should be every 2 years. No driving beyond 70.
And while we're at it, install boxes in every car at MOT time. It will cut the chances of theft within a year.
To old to drive imo. Retest anybody every 5 years. Over 60 should be every 2 years. No driving beyond 70. And while we're at it, install boxes in every car at MOT time. It will cut the chances of theft within a year. Major Tom
  • Score: 1

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