New calls for danger road to be made safe after horror smash

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a horror crash in Clitheroe left a motorcyclist fighting for his life.

And the smash on the notorious A59 junction with Pendle Road, that has become an accident blackspot, has prompted calls for it to be made safer immediately.

Ribble Valley MP Mr Nigel Evans said: “This terrible accident has occurred on a notorious accident blackspot, which continues to be a problem for the local area. I am saddened by the crash, but I am not surprised that it has happened.

“The police, Ribble Valley Council and Lancashire County Council must now work together to ensure that this section of the A59 can be made safer for motorists. It would seem absolutely obvious to me that this section of road requires a roundabout and I have written to Lancashire County Council to appeal to them to take action.

“Steps must be taken to stop another tragic accident.”

The accident happened at 12-45pm on Friday lunchtime when a Nissan Micra, driven by a woman aged 92, was involved in a collision with a Honda motorcycle. The rider, a 71-year-old man from Bolton, suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to the Royal Preston Hospital where his condition was said to be critical but stable.

The pillion passenger was a woman, also aged 71, who was airlifted to the same hospital suffering from serious injuries. The driver of the Micra was also airlifted to the Royal Preston Hospital along with her passenger, a 71-year-old man, who sustained head and hip injuries.

Two air ambulances, two road ambulances, two fire engines, a rapid response paramedic and police attended the scene after the collision.

The road was closed in both directions from Whalley Road to the Pimlicio Link Road for several hours, causing traffic to be gridlocked going in and out of Clitheroe during the tea time rush hour.

Specially trained road policing Family Liaison Officers are now helping relatives of the crash and the 92-year-old is helping police inquiries.