A motorcyclist is fighting for his life after being airlifted to hospital following a smash on what's been dubbed an 'absolutely horrendous road'.

The man, 35, from Haslingden, suffered serious head and chest injuries after crashing into a lamp post, which happened around 4pm on Wednesday .

Emergency services were called to Holcombe Road in Helmshore, with police blocking off the road close to the Holden Arms.

The road remained closed for several hours.

It is believed the man had been travelling along the Grane Road before turning left onto Holcombe Road.

Shortly afterwards, he lost control of the bike, travelling onto the pavement before hitting a lamp post.

He remains in a serious but stable condition and his family have been informed.

An ambulance spokesperson confirmed that the man had been taken to hospital in the service helicopter, saying: "A man in his 30s was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition."

A passer-by and local resident said that stretch of road was 'absolutely horrendous' and the council would be better off putting speed cameras in place.

Lancashire Telegraph: Police closed Holcombe Road near Haslingden on Thursday night following a smashPolice closed Holcombe Road near Haslingden on Thursday night following a smash

The resident, who did not wish to be named, said: "I was down there at 7pm and the road was still closed and the police were still carrying out their investigations.

"It looked like there'd been a lot of damage and there was another car there too.

"The man was airlifted to hospital so I believe.

"That road is absolutely horrendous. 

"People fly down there at speed and it's bumpy as it is, it's like you're on a rollercoaster.

"The council need to put some speed cameras up there or something."

Police are now appealing for information following the crash.

Sgt Phil Baxendale from Lancashire Police’s Tactical Operations said: “We need anyone who was in the area and saw what happened or who may have seen the motorcyclist prior to the collision, to speak to us as they may have important information to assist our investigation."

Anyone with information should contact the police on 101 quoting log number 1020 of June 16.