Burnley men escape freak lamppost collapse accident

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TWO men had a lucky escape when a 20ft metal lamppost crashed onto the roof of their van this morning.

The freak accident happened as they were driving up Centenary Way at around 7-40 a.m. and traffic was brought to a standstill.

Police say the street light had been weakened after a black 4x4 hit the structure in an accident just minutes earlier outside the Tesco Extra superstore.

The heavy metal post came crashing down on top of the passing van but ladders on the vehicle’s roof saved the driver and passanger from serious injury.

The driver of the black 4x4 was also unhurt in the crash.