Blackburn woman dies in Rawtenstall crash

A BLACKBURN woman has died and her passenger is seriously injured after their car crashed into a wall.

The silver Honda Civic was heading along the A682 Bury Road towards Rawtenstall when it went straight across a roundabout at the junction with New Hall Hey business park.

It left the road and smashed into a stone wall on the outside of an industrial building, coming to rest down a steep embankment.

The driver, who has been named as 28-year-old Shabana Aslam from Blackburn, died at the scene and the front-seat female passenger, aged around 21, suffered head, arm and leg injuries. She is in a ‘serious but stable’ condition at Fairfield Hospital, Bury, police said.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened at 6pm on Sunday in thick fog.

The road was closed for around three hours to allow accident investigation to carry out their work.

Pete Davies, who works nearby, was at the scene on Sunday evening. He said: “It looks like the car has taken off and speared into the wall about 10-12 feet up.

“The impact knocked a hole right through the wall and the cladding off the building.

“I think the road layout is to blame. People come off the motorway there which is 70mph, on to Bury Road, and suddenly the roundabout is there.

“The rumble strips don’t work as you don’t feel them and I’ve seen many a car clip the roundabout.

“Just last week a lorry almost overturned. And it was very foggy on Sunday night. It’s a real tragedy.”

Sgt Mick Young said: “I would appeal for anyone who was in the area and witnessed what happened to come forward and contact police.

“Understandably this is a difficult time for the families involved and we have specially trained officers supporting them.”

Contact Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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12:39pm Tue 14 Feb 12

StackLad says...

its 50 mph from the top of the hill by the Edenfield junction to just after the split then its 40 mph with speed sensors on the signs tilt warn you if exceeding the limit. people need to be more observant of what the road signs are telling you. I went past the scene of the accident soon after it happened and the fog was bad enough to make me do below 30 mph on that final stretch. I too have seen the aftermath of numerous collisions involving that junction and the fact remains people approach it too fast and it was just a matter of time before a fatality was the end result.

hope the passenger pulls through and my heart goes out to her and the family of the poor lass who has lost her life.
its 50 mph from the top of the hill by the Edenfield junction to just after the split then its 40 mph with speed sensors on the signs tilt warn you if exceeding the limit. people need to be more observant of what the road signs are telling you. I went past the scene of the accident soon after it happened and the fog was bad enough to make me do below 30 mph on that final stretch. I too have seen the aftermath of numerous collisions involving that junction and the fact remains people approach it too fast and it was just a matter of time before a fatality was the end result. hope the passenger pulls through and my heart goes out to her and the family of the poor lass who has lost her life. StackLad

12:39pm Tue 14 Feb 12

The Fair Word says...

RIP Shabana.
You will always be remembered in our prayers and we pray for your neice to make a healthy recovery.
Our thoughts are with your children and family and may you always look over them from heaven like a true angel.
RIP Shabana. You will always be remembered in our prayers and we pray for your neice to make a healthy recovery. Our thoughts are with your children and family and may you always look over them from heaven like a true angel. The Fair Word

12:45pm Tue 14 Feb 12

JayEss says...

It's always a tragedy when any one's life is cut short.

The speed limit is 40 way before the roundabout, its 50 half way up the hill leading to it. Failure to pay attention when driving a heap of metal weighing over a tonne is asking for trouble.
It's always a tragedy when any one's life is cut short. The speed limit is 40 way before the roundabout, its 50 half way up the hill leading to it. Failure to pay attention when driving a heap of metal weighing over a tonne is asking for trouble. JayEss

1:28pm Tue 14 Feb 12

Not_at_towneley says...

The design of that roundabout and in particular the approach to it, is dangerous. Accidents are always caused by a combination of factors and the common factor here, will always be it's design. Sure she may have made a mistake but to pay for it like this? Tragic.
The design of that roundabout and in particular the approach to it, is dangerous. Accidents are always caused by a combination of factors and the common factor here, will always be it's design. Sure she may have made a mistake but to pay for it like this? Tragic. Not_at_towneley

12:00pm Wed 15 Feb 12

rhodeislandred says...

I passed the scene of the crash last night and was shocked at the devastation , yes the lady probably made a mistake but wholly agree the design and approach to the roundabout is terrible .
Countered with the driving conditions it was an accident waiting to happen and something should be done about it Thoughts go out to her family and to the other lady fighting for her life .
I passed the scene of the crash last night and was shocked at the devastation , yes the lady probably made a mistake but wholly agree the design and approach to the roundabout is terrible . Countered with the driving conditions it was an accident waiting to happen and something should be done about it Thoughts go out to her family and to the other lady fighting for her life . rhodeislandred

8:01pm Thu 16 Feb 12

nice person says...

The design of that roundabout is lethal and as for saying the driver was asking for trouble for not paying attention,well,most ridiculous quote ever on let.
SACK the planning dept that passed it,blame THEM...
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RIP and i hope the one left makes a full recovery..
The design of that roundabout is lethal and as for saying the driver was asking for trouble for not paying attention,well,most ridiculous quote ever on let. SACK the planning dept that passed it,blame THEM... . RIP and i hope the one left makes a full recovery.. nice person

8:56am Fri 24 Feb 12

jasonkhan says...

Well I think the poor girl needs support she as died, and doesn't need people writing negative things about her full stop! She as left 3 young children behind and the other girl was supposed to be getting married last sunday! My father died in a car crash it totally destroys famillies, RIP and pray for her family and children in this very difficult time!!
Well I think the poor girl needs support she as died, and doesn't need people writing negative things about her full stop! She as left 3 young children behind and the other girl was supposed to be getting married last sunday! My father died in a car crash it totally destroys famillies, RIP and pray for her family and children in this very difficult time!! jasonkhan

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