A 35-YEAR-OLD woman from Burnley has died after the car she was travelling in was involved in a horror smash this morning.
A man who was driving the car, who is also from Burnley, is in a critical condition in hospital following the collision on the A56 Accrington Easterly bypass.
The crash happened at Huncoat, before Rising Bridge, around 9-45am when a silver Mercedes coupe was in collision with a Mercedes sprinter van, a red mini cooper and white Ford transit pickup.
It is believed the Mercedes coupe was travelling along the southbound carriageway when it lost control and veered onto the opposite carriageway colliding with the other vehicles which were heading north towards Burnley.
The woman, who was a passenger in the Mercedes car sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the Royal Blackburn Hospital a short time later, while the driver is currently at the Royal Preston Hospital with serious leg injuries.
A baby, who was in the back of the Mercedes, sustained minor injuries and is being treated at the Royal Blackburn Hospital.
Five other people were treated at the scene by paramedics for minor injuries.
Police are investigating the circumstances of exactly what happened.
Sgt Malcolm Bell said: “I would appeal to anybody that witnessed this collision and has not yet spoken with police to please contact us.
“I would also appeal to anyone that saw the Mercedes travelling along the bypass prior to the collision to come forward.”
The A56 was closed in both directions from Rising Bridge to the M65 to allow for an investigation and was expected to re-open just before 4pm. Anyone with any information should call Lancashire Police on 101.
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