Electrician in court after head-on smash


An electrician driving his van to work collided head on with a car travelling in the opposite direction.

Blackburn magistrates heard the crash resulted in injury to van driver Adam Hadcraft and his passenger, and to the driver of the Peugeot car.

Hadcraft (25), of Hodder Grove, Clitheroe, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention.

He was fined £130 with £105 costs and his licence endorsed with three penalty points.

Miss Catherine Allan (prosecuting) said Hadcraft was driving a van along Pendle Road towards Pendle Hill when he failed to negotiate a left hand bend and lost control.

As he crossed onto the offside of the road, he collided head-on with the Peugeot travelling in the opposite direction, knocking it back onto the grass verge.

Hadcraft told the magistrates that he had broken a foot in the incident and had had to pay £2,500 for the lease vehicle.

“I was off work for two weeks and have struggled to get my company back on the up and up,” he said.

“It was just one of those unfortunate moments. I wasn’t late and I wasn’t driving dangerously.”