A man in his 20s suffered serious injuries following a police chase which ended in a crash.

At around 3.30am on Tuesday, police in Burnley spotted a suspect vehicle being driven in the town.

Following a short pursuit the Honda Accord crashed into lampposts and other street furniture as well as several parked vehicles on Colne Road at the junction with Casterton Avenue.

The driver, a man in his 20s, has been taken to Royal Preston Hospital with head and spinal injuries.

Lancashire Telegraph: Credit: Shane StowCredit: Shane Stow

Shaf Latif, who lives on Colne Road and operates Pendle Taxis in Nelson, said he heard a loud bang, which woke him up.

He said: "I was in bed and heard something but didn't think much of it at first as I live on a main road and it's always busy.

"But when I looked out of the window, I saw the front end of a car outside my house.

"I haven't slept since about 4am, I'm just in utter shock.

"I parked my car round the back of the house last night too, instead of at the front, which was lucky.

"I've had so many phone calls asking me what happened, I've also had to provide taxis for people who couldn't get their kids to school because the road was closed."

Colne Road, close to the junction of Casterton Avenue, is now closed and officers say the road is likely to remain shut for some hours while they deal with the incident.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area and find an alternative route.

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A spokesperson for the police said: "We are currently at the scene of a collision on Colne Road at the junction with Casterton Avenue in Burnley.

"The road is likely to be closed for some time and motorists are advised to avoid the area and find alternative routes.

"We will update you in due course."

The road remains closed and a police investigation is underway.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101.