Safety action call after Whalley horror smash

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Urgent calls are being made for safety improvements at an accident blackspot after seven people were hurt in a horror crash.

Councillors are now saying “enough is enough” and have issued a plea to the highways department at Lancashire County Council to prevent more accidents at the notorious A671 Accrington Road junction, near Spring Wood Picnic Site, Whalley.

The most recent crash on Tuesday saw seven people taken to hospital. An elderly woman and her husband, plus another casualty who sustained life-threatening injuries were airlifted to Royal Preston Hospital in three separate air ambulances after a mobile home was in collision with a coach.

Emergency services, including five fire engines were sent to the scene and crews used specialist equipment to cut free the casualties. Three passengers on the bus who were taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital, including the driver who sustained minor injuries. The accident occurred just after 2pm on Tuesday and the road was closed until after 6pm.

The renewed call for action follows an accident in August which left 20-year-old Billington resident Hannah Flynn in a critical condition. Two months on and Hannah has recently been transferred to a specialist rehab unit in Burnley where she continues to receive treatment for her injuries.

Coun. Joyce Holgate, who represents the area and has campaigned for greater safety measures, said: “I’ve said this previously and will say it again, a lower speed limit has to be introduced along Accrington Road before someone is killed or seriously injured again.

“It’s a very busy and dangerous junction and over the years I have witnessed a lot of accidents. I am disappointed county officials are not taking this matter seriously. How many more accidents do we need to witness before something is done?”

Andy Ashcroft, Lancashire County Council’s highways manager for Ribble Valley, said: “The police are investigating the incident and will report back about any specific causal issues relating to the collision as regards highway management at the junction.

“Should the police make any specific recommendations for safety improvements to the junction we will look to action these.”

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