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Woman dies in multiple car accident on A56 as Mercedes veers onto wrong side of road


 PoliceA 35 year old woman from Burnley died in a multiple car pile up near Huncoat on the A56 this morning.

The collision occurred at Huncoat prior to Rising Bridge around 9.45am when a silver Mercedes coupé was involved in a collision with a Mercedes Sprinter van, a red Mini Cooper and white Ford Transit pickup.

It is believed the Mercedes coupé 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 35 year old woman from Burnley who was a passenger in the Mercedes car sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the Royal Blackburn Hospital a short time later.

The driver of the Mercedes, who is also from Burnley, is currently at the Royal Preston Hospital with serious leg injuries and in a critical condition.

A baby, who was in the rear 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.

Sergeant 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.”

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