Driver (27) seriously hurt in road smash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious road collision in the early hours of today (Saturday) left a Burnley man in a critical condition in hospital

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The collision happened about 2.50am when a silver Nissan Micra, being driven North on the A56 Easterly by-pass, failed to negotiate the roundabout at Junction 8 of the M65 and collided with a tree.

The driver, a 27-year-old man from Burnley, suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

The road was closed for about four hours while the incident was dealt with and police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Sgt. John Jennings-Wharton, of the East Road Policing Unit, said: “This collision has left a man with very serious injuries and I would appeal to anyone who saw the incident itself or the Nissan Micra in the moments before the collision to get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0190 of today (Saturday, February 28th)