Police appeal for collision witness to come forward

The junction of Middlesex Avenue and Padiham Road where an elderly woman was hit by a van.
The junction of Middlesex Avenue and Padiham Road where an elderly woman was hit by a van.

Officers are continuing to appeal for information following a serious collision in Burnley and want to trace a woman who stopped at the scene.

The incident happened at around 9-30am on Saturday when a 70-year-old woman was involved in a collision with a Volkswagen Transporter van as she attempted to cross Padiham Road.

The woman suffered serious head injuries and, following surgery, remains in a critical condition at Royal Preston Hospital.

Police are now urging anybody with information about the incident to contact them, specifically a woman officers believe witnessed the collision and stopped at the scene.

The woman, who gave her name as "Natalie", was with a child at the time and left her phone number with officers but police have been unable to make contact with her.

PS Claire Pearson, of the Road Policing Unit, said: “This was a serious collision which has left a woman in hospital and we are working extremely hard to piece together what happened.

“We believe a woman, who gave her name as ‘Natalie’, stopped at the scene after witnessing what happened and we are now keen to trace her to get her account of the incident.

“We would also urge anybody else who has information about the collision, or who saw either the 70-year-old woman or the van in the moments before it happened, to get in touch.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log 407 of October 8th.