Horror smash gran faces ‘long road to recovery’

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A grandmother seriously injured in a collision on a lane dubbed a “rat run’’ faces a long journey back to health, a police chief has said.

The 45-year-old woman was taking an afternoon stroll with her 18-month-old grandson in his pushchair when the accident happened eight weeks ago, leaving her with two broken legs, a slight bleed on the brain, a broken hand, damaged ribs and facial injuries.

She was rushed to the Royal Preston Hospital where she spent a number of weeks. The little boy was airlifted to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool suffering from cuts to his face.

The officer in charge of the incident is Sgt James Power of the Road Policing Unit based at Preston. He said: “This lady is now in rehabilitation but faces a long road back to recovery. The child is home now and recovering from his injuries. Our investigations into the collision are still continuing.’’

The accident happened in Standen Lane, known locally as Four Lane Ends. The 17-year-old driver of the car involved in the collision, a Vauxhall Corsa, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. He is from Skipton and is believed to be a pupil at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School. He has been given police bail until Tuesday, April 12th.

The lane is regularly used as a shortcut by drivers wanting to get to the A59 and not queue at the top of Pendle Road. Calls have since been made for the road to be stripped of its national 60mph speed limit and designated an official “quiet lane.’’

The call has been made by the Ribble Valley Community Safety Partnership whose chairman, Coun. Robert Thomspon, said action needs taking soon to prevent other serious accidents happening in the future.

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