Padiham milkfloat and ambulance smash: drivers in court

Burnley Magistrates Court
Burnley Magistrates Court

An Accrington ambulance driver and a milkman are to face trial after a road smash in which two people are said to have suffered serious injuries.

Simon Lee Noblet (36) is alleged to have been driving a Mercedes ambulance in Barrowford Road, Padiham, last August 27th, without due care and attention. The defendant, care of the North West Ambulance Service, Eagle Street, Altham, has denied the allegation, at Burnley Magistrates’ Court.

John Michael Lamb (39), of Wordsworth Avenue, Padiham, is accused of driving his milk float in Slade Lane, Padiham, without due care and attention and using a vehicle/trailer when the purpose for which it was used involved danger of injury.

It is alleged that, at 5-31 a.m., Noblet was driving the ambulance towards Slade Lane and tried to get past the milk float which was carrying standing three passengers on the rear tail gate, on his left side. Lamb is accused of failing to notice the ambulance as he turned left onto Barrowford Road. The two vehicles collided.

Two of the standing passengers are said to have suffered serious injuries in the crash and the other standing passenger was slightly hurt. Both vehicles were slightly damaged.