Two hurt in crash outside Nelson bank

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TWO people – including an 80-year-old driver – were injured when a car hit a series of bollards then crashed into the front of a bank.

The incident happened in the heart of Nelson on Monday morning, and it is believed the car came out of a car park area in the wrong direction. Driver Freda Francis (80), of Netherfield Road, Nelson, suffered shock and minor injuries, and a local man is understood to have had his foot crushed by the car.

The driver went to the Royal Blackburn Hospital for treatment, and the pedestrian was taken to Burnley General Hospital for a foot check.

Two ambulances and a fast response paramedic car attended the incident, which happened at the newly redesigned junction of Manchester Road and Carr Road. Carr Road is a one-way street and the driver appeared to go the opposite way, striking three bollards then hitting the front of Barclays Bank. She is understood to have driven over the pedestrian’s foot on the way. The cause of the incident is being investigated by the Road Policing Unit. Neither of the victims are thought to have serious injuries, however. The crash caused problems for traffic travelling on both Carr Road and the new route through the town centre. A member of the public helped keep traffic safely under control while the ambulance crews dealt with the casualties, but then handed over to the police who sorted the situation. There did not appear to be damage to the frontage of the bank.