Man hurt as car hits takeaway in Darwen

Man hurt as car hits takeaway in Darwen

The scene of the collision

Parvez Akhtar surveys the damage

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A PENSIONER was taken to hospital after crashing his car into a fast food takeaway in Darwen.

Police and paramedics were called to the scene outside Roosters on the A666 near Borough Road shortly after 11.20am yesterday.

The man, believed to be in his mid 70s was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital via an ambulance.

The driver’s Mazda Tamura was recovered by police after the car smashed into the shop front.

The vehicle damaged the shutter and shattered the shop’s window.

A North West Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the driver complained of lower back pain and the hospital was informed of the incident before his arrival.

She said that there was no major trauma.

No pedestrians were hurt in the incident and it is believed that the driver was alone in the car.

The takeaway’s owner, Qumar Akhtar, said: “I was inside the building prepping everything for the day when I heard a loud bang. I came outside and saw what had happened and I went to help the driver.

“The emergency services arrived and he was taken away in a stretcher.”

Nadeem Nisar, who owns the building, said: “This incident will cost me around £12,000 because of the damage.

“It will also hit the business because they will not be able to use that section of the shop for a while.

“This was an accident waiting to happen and somebody’s needs to do something about the traffic situation around this road.

“There are too many parked cars that can cause problems or confusion.

“There needs to be a proper review of the system here.”

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9:46am Tue 4 Feb 14

ron1946 says...

typical first reaction loss of earnings not the poor driver ,top priority how much compo can i get
typical first reaction loss of earnings not the poor driver ,top priority how much compo can i get ron1946
  • Score: 24

10:08am Tue 4 Feb 14

Bat E Karen says...

Where are the parked cars that caused this problem or confusion? It seems a lot quieter around there than usual.
Where are the parked cars that caused this problem or confusion? It seems a lot quieter around there than usual. Bat E Karen
  • Score: 12

11:30am Tue 4 Feb 14

mmickk says...

Nadeem Nisar, who owns the building“There are too many parked cars that can cause problems or confusion. Council take note this guy wants double yellow lines outside his shop. And no concern for the old man that thought it was a drive through take away!!
Nadeem Nisar, who owns the building“There are too many parked cars that can cause problems or confusion. Council take note this guy wants double yellow lines outside his shop. And no concern for the old man that thought it was a drive through take away!! mmickk
  • Score: 28

11:59am Tue 4 Feb 14

RibbleValleyWit says...

Shish happens!
Shish happens! RibbleValleyWit
  • Score: 18

12:13pm Tue 4 Feb 14

abetterblackburn says...

That’s where the electricity shop ‘Norweb’ used to be. Even ‘The Gas Board’ across the road has now gone. Hasn’t Darwen changed since belonging to Blackburn!
That’s where the electricity shop ‘Norweb’ used to be. Even ‘The Gas Board’ across the road has now gone. Hasn’t Darwen changed since belonging to Blackburn! abetterblackburn
  • Score: 1

12:34pm Tue 4 Feb 14

hasslem hasslem says...

maybe - he thought it was a drive-through
maybe - he thought it was a drive-through hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 4

1:04pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Ian the Beancounter says...

The recent resurfacing in the area has caused a lot of confusion to drivers who are not familiar with the roads because all the road markings are missing. I've seen cars coming straight out at Green Street (next to Plumbase) because there is no indication that they should give way. Also, traffic coming from the other direct, past the Post Office, are hesitating because of their uncertainty about road priorities. Perhaps some temporary signs may have been a solution.
The recent resurfacing in the area has caused a lot of confusion to drivers who are not familiar with the roads because all the road markings are missing. I've seen cars coming straight out at Green Street (next to Plumbase) because there is no indication that they should give way. Also, traffic coming from the other direct, past the Post Office, are hesitating because of their uncertainty about road priorities. Perhaps some temporary signs may have been a solution. Ian the Beancounter
  • Score: 15

1:19pm Tue 4 Feb 14

GracesDad says...

Ian the Beancounter wrote:
The recent resurfacing in the area has caused a lot of confusion to drivers who are not familiar with the roads because all the road markings are missing. I've seen cars coming straight out at Green Street (next to Plumbase) because there is no indication that they should give way. Also, traffic coming from the other direct, past the Post Office, are hesitating because of their uncertainty about road priorities. Perhaps some temporary signs may have been a solution.
Just to clear up any confusion for drivers....roads are for cars, pavements and shops are for people.

You're welcome!
[quote][p][bold]Ian the Beancounter[/bold] wrote: The recent resurfacing in the area has caused a lot of confusion to drivers who are not familiar with the roads because all the road markings are missing. I've seen cars coming straight out at Green Street (next to Plumbase) because there is no indication that they should give way. Also, traffic coming from the other direct, past the Post Office, are hesitating because of their uncertainty about road priorities. Perhaps some temporary signs may have been a solution.[/p][/quote]Just to clear up any confusion for drivers....roads are for cars, pavements and shops are for people. You're welcome! GracesDad
  • Score: 13

1:26pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Bat E Karen says...

Ian the Beancounter wrote:
The recent resurfacing in the area has caused a lot of confusion to drivers who are not familiar with the roads because all the road markings are missing. I've seen cars coming straight out at Green Street (next to Plumbase) because there is no indication that they should give way. Also, traffic coming from the other direct, past the Post Office, are hesitating because of their uncertainty about road priorities. Perhaps some temporary signs may have been a solution.
My husband said pretty much the same when I told him about it.

We were behind someone on that stretch on Saturday, who ended up swerving because they were heading toward Green Street before suddenly realising it's one way.
[quote][p][bold]Ian the Beancounter[/bold] wrote: The recent resurfacing in the area has caused a lot of confusion to drivers who are not familiar with the roads because all the road markings are missing. I've seen cars coming straight out at Green Street (next to Plumbase) because there is no indication that they should give way. Also, traffic coming from the other direct, past the Post Office, are hesitating because of their uncertainty about road priorities. Perhaps some temporary signs may have been a solution.[/p][/quote]My husband said pretty much the same when I told him about it. We were behind someone on that stretch on Saturday, who ended up swerving because they were heading toward Green Street before suddenly realising it's one way. Bat E Karen
  • Score: 10

1:30pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Malthus says...

abetterblackburn wrote:
That’s where the electricity shop ‘Norweb’ used to be. Even ‘The Gas Board’ across the road has now gone. Hasn’t Darwen changed since belonging to Blackburn!
No actually hasn't Darwen changed since the Tories sold of the utility companies?
[quote][p][bold]abetterblackburn[/bold] wrote: That’s where the electricity shop ‘Norweb’ used to be. Even ‘The Gas Board’ across the road has now gone. Hasn’t Darwen changed since belonging to Blackburn![/p][/quote]No actually hasn't Darwen changed since the Tories sold of the utility companies? Malthus
  • Score: -1

1:45pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Boris Bear says...

mmickk wrote:
Nadeem Nisar, who owns the building“There are too many parked cars that can cause problems or confusion. Council take note this guy wants double yellow lines outside his shop. And no concern for the old man that thought it was a drive through take away!!
Yes put double yellow lines outside to stop customers and his delivery people from parking outside the shop and make sure the restrictions are enforced. Personally I find parked cars really confusing.
[quote][p][bold]mmickk[/bold] wrote: Nadeem Nisar, who owns the building“There are too many parked cars that can cause problems or confusion. Council take note this guy wants double yellow lines outside his shop. And no concern for the old man that thought it was a drive through take away!![/p][/quote]Yes put double yellow lines outside to stop customers and his delivery people from parking outside the shop and make sure the restrictions are enforced. Personally I find parked cars really confusing. Boris Bear
  • Score: 8

1:47pm Tue 4 Feb 14

trebormonk says...

What loss of earning's. I have never seen a takeaway closed when a window has been broken???
Hope the old gentleman is fine and well!
This is why we pay insurance on our cars and premises!
What loss of earning's. I have never seen a takeaway closed when a window has been broken??? Hope the old gentleman is fine and well! This is why we pay insurance on our cars and premises! trebormonk
  • Score: 8

2:03pm Tue 4 Feb 14

campbell69s says...

How did this happen? Unless he was speeding around the corner, there's no way that can happen.
Also, how do parked cars 'cause confusion'?
How did this happen? Unless he was speeding around the corner, there's no way that can happen. Also, how do parked cars 'cause confusion'? campbell69s
  • Score: 4

3:42pm Tue 4 Feb 14

We'll win the next one says...

Hope the driver is ok. Who cares about the shop owner, insurance will cover it and abit more.
Hope the driver is ok. Who cares about the shop owner, insurance will cover it and abit more. We'll win the next one
  • Score: 3

4:09pm Tue 4 Feb 14

sean_brfc says...

'Insurance will cover it and a bit more'. Oh, and then bump up his premium next year. I'm sure he's delighted.
'Insurance will cover it and a bit more'. Oh, and then bump up his premium next year. I'm sure he's delighted. sean_brfc
  • Score: 3

4:15pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Bat E Karen says...

You can't really say you shouldn't care about the shop owner because it wasn't anything to do with him and it's an inconvenience he could do without. It must be difficult enough running a takeaway when there's so much competition around.

I still feel sorry for the driver and hope he's OK but I do have some sympathy for the shop owner.
You can't really say you shouldn't care about the shop owner because it wasn't anything to do with him and it's an inconvenience he could do without. It must be difficult enough running a takeaway when there's so much competition around. I still feel sorry for the driver and hope he's OK but I do have some sympathy for the shop owner. Bat E Karen
  • Score: -1

4:30pm Tue 4 Feb 14

lucky19 says...

Ron 1946 if you could read the story properly it said the drive it was stable not critical!!!!
Ron 1946 if you could read the story properly it said the drive it was stable not critical!!!! lucky19
  • Score: 0

4:36pm Tue 4 Feb 14

lucky19 says...

Thank you bat e karen. to everybody else who hasn't worked out i am the owner of said building. First of all the safety and health of a fellow human being should follow importance more than anything else. reporters don't always report word for word of a statement. i'm happy to hear the driver is safe. result of any insurance claim i will not benefit from any monetary value at all. and it is an inconvenience that this has happened. if my full statement is red foley i was actually having a go at the council for the lack of signage and lines or directions on the road. accident waiting to happen on we can only thank god that nobody got hurt. and thank you for some of your typical thought that business menjust money orientated i am quite happy that nobody has pulled out the race card yet. because i never asked for this to happen hence why it is called an accident
Thank you bat e karen. to everybody else who hasn't worked out i am the owner of said building. First of all the safety and health of a fellow human being should follow importance more than anything else. reporters don't always report word for word of a statement. i'm happy to hear the driver is safe. result of any insurance claim i will not benefit from any monetary value at all. and it is an inconvenience that this has happened. if my full statement is red foley i was actually having a go at the council for the lack of signage and lines or directions on the road. accident waiting to happen on we can only thank god that nobody got hurt. and thank you for some of your typical thought that business menjust money orientated i am quite happy that nobody has pulled out the race card yet. because i never asked for this to happen hence why it is called an accident lucky19
  • Score: 9

5:49pm Tue 4 Feb 14

darren Newsham says...

mmickk wrote:
Nadeem Nisar, who owns the building“There are too many parked cars that can cause problems or confusion. Council take note this guy wants double yellow lines outside his shop. And no concern for the old man that thought it was a drive through take away!!
£12,000 is a lot of chicken, you will be claiming whip lash next
[quote][p][bold]mmickk[/bold] wrote: Nadeem Nisar, who owns the building“There are too many parked cars that can cause problems or confusion. Council take note this guy wants double yellow lines outside his shop. And no concern for the old man that thought it was a drive through take away!![/p][/quote]£12,000 is a lot of chicken, you will be claiming whip lash next darren Newsham
  • Score: 1

6:56pm Tue 4 Feb 14

sen c b l says...

lucky19 wrote:
Thank you bat e karen. to everybody else who hasn't worked out i am the owner of said building. First of all the safety and health of a fellow human being should follow importance more than anything else. reporters don't always report word for word of a statement. i'm happy to hear the driver is safe. result of any insurance claim i will not benefit from any monetary value at all. and it is an inconvenience that this has happened. if my full statement is red foley i was actually having a go at the council for the lack of signage and lines or directions on the road. accident waiting to happen on we can only thank god that nobody got hurt. and thank you for some of your typical thought that business menjust money orientated i am quite happy that nobody has pulled out the race card yet. because i never asked for this to happen hence why it is called an accident
Spot on!

The DVLA should also be notified the drivers unsuitability to drive and the license terminated. There could have been far serious consequence if pedestrians were in the immediate area.

As for the comments, just ignore the moronic contents. These are typical of the buffoons who cannot see further than the tip of their nostrils. Hope your business will once again recover from this very unfortunate circumstance.
[quote][p][bold]lucky19[/bold] wrote: Thank you bat e karen. to everybody else who hasn't worked out i am the owner of said building. First of all the safety and health of a fellow human being should follow importance more than anything else. reporters don't always report word for word of a statement. i'm happy to hear the driver is safe. result of any insurance claim i will not benefit from any monetary value at all. and it is an inconvenience that this has happened. if my full statement is red foley i was actually having a go at the council for the lack of signage and lines or directions on the road. accident waiting to happen on we can only thank god that nobody got hurt. and thank you for some of your typical thought that business menjust money orientated i am quite happy that nobody has pulled out the race card yet. because i never asked for this to happen hence why it is called an accident[/p][/quote]Spot on! The DVLA should also be notified the drivers unsuitability to drive and the license terminated. There could have been far serious consequence if pedestrians were in the immediate area. As for the comments, just ignore the moronic contents. These are typical of the buffoons who cannot see further than the tip of their nostrils. Hope your business will once again recover from this very unfortunate circumstance. sen c b l
  • Score: 5

8:37pm Tue 4 Feb 14

darwenTower says...

ron1946 wrote:
typical first reaction loss of earnings not the poor driver ,top priority how much compo can i get
The poor driver?!

There need to be much stricter controls & health checks on the elderly when it comes to driving.

How many times do we read/hear about or even witness elderly drivers with the back end of their cars hanging out of shops?

The road isn't confusing at all, there may be no markings but if you stick to the tarmac and avoid other buildings, traffic and pedestrians you'll be golden.
[quote][p][bold]ron1946[/bold] wrote: typical first reaction loss of earnings not the poor driver ,top priority how much compo can i get[/p][/quote]The poor driver?! There need to be much stricter controls & health checks on the elderly when it comes to driving. How many times do we read/hear about or even witness elderly drivers with the back end of their cars hanging out of shops? The road isn't confusing at all, there may be no markings but if you stick to the tarmac and avoid other buildings, traffic and pedestrians you'll be golden. darwenTower
  • Score: 2

11:33pm Tue 4 Feb 14

fireonthemountain says...

Yes my sympathies are with the shop owner as well .

He is going to have to spend £12,000 for something that was not his fault ,

As for the elderly driver - yes of course I am glad he will be alright ,
but should he have been driving at all ?

No .

At that age your reactions and eyesight are not what they used to be .

That particular car is quite powerful .

I drive a lot of miles - especially on motorways .

Worst danger ?

Yes , the oldies who cannot react , and who think that they can drive in the middle lane at 55mph .

Sorry , and I know I am generalising - you reach 70 years of age , you do not drive any more . At all . No ifs or buts .

I remember my Dad (no longer with us) being pulled over by The Police
on a dual carrigeway and being told in no uncertain terms that he was not fit to be on the road . He was 72 at the time .

Now , and this isn't funny - he finally realised he was not fit to drive , when he reversed out of the garage , without opening the garage doors .

Caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to the car and the garage . Never drove another inch . Thank goodness .
Yes my sympathies are with the shop owner as well . He is going to have to spend £12,000 for something that was not his fault , As for the elderly driver - yes of course I am glad he will be alright , but should he have been driving at all ? No . At that age your reactions and eyesight are not what they used to be . That particular car is quite powerful . I drive a lot of miles - especially on motorways . Worst danger ? Yes , the oldies who cannot react , and who think that they can drive in the middle lane at 55mph . Sorry , and I know I am generalising - you reach 70 years of age , you do not drive any more . At all . No ifs or buts . I remember my Dad (no longer with us) being pulled over by The Police on a dual carrigeway and being told in no uncertain terms that he was not fit to be on the road . He was 72 at the time . Now , and this isn't funny - he finally realised he was not fit to drive , when he reversed out of the garage , without opening the garage doors . Caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to the car and the garage . Never drove another inch . Thank goodness . fireonthemountain
  • Score: 2

12:50am Wed 5 Feb 14

english rose 1 says...

Bat E Karen wrote:
You can't really say you shouldn't care about the shop owner because it wasn't anything to do with him and it's an inconvenience he could do without. It must be difficult enough running a takeaway when there's so much competition around.

I still feel sorry for the driver and hope he's OK but I do have some sympathy for the shop owner.
The owner needs the money to pay for the 3 large fines he's had for breaking planning rules !
[quote][p][bold]Bat E Karen[/bold] wrote: You can't really say you shouldn't care about the shop owner because it wasn't anything to do with him and it's an inconvenience he could do without. It must be difficult enough running a takeaway when there's so much competition around. I still feel sorry for the driver and hope he's OK but I do have some sympathy for the shop owner.[/p][/quote]The owner needs the money to pay for the 3 large fines he's had for breaking planning rules ! english rose 1
  • Score: 0

10:35am Wed 5 Feb 14

lucky19 says...

Hahahaha english rose you are a plonker perhaps you should get your facts right before i get you done for slander. i am the landlord not the tenant you are welcome to contact the council i have never been done for no such thing it was the previous tenant not me you idiotic fool hence why i terminate the tenancy wish people would get the facts right instead of being stuck in the comfort of there own homes and accusing people of things that they have not done
Hahahaha english rose you are a plonker perhaps you should get your facts right before i get you done for slander. i am the landlord not the tenant you are welcome to contact the council i have never been done for no such thing it was the previous tenant not me you idiotic fool hence why i terminate the tenancy wish people would get the facts right instead of being stuck in the comfort of there own homes and accusing people of things that they have not done lucky19
  • Score: 3

11:12am Wed 5 Feb 14

darwenTower says...

Lucky19,
I'm pretty sure english rose 1 is on the council in some capacity.
Lucky19, I'm pretty sure english rose 1 is on the council in some capacity. darwenTower
  • Score: 2

11:29am Wed 5 Feb 14

lucky19 says...

Well in that case does english rose not know what data protection is and it is illegal to discuss such matters and against to law to divulge information. Typical council "different strokes for different folks". WHere are you english rose cat got your tongue
Well in that case does english rose not know what data protection is and it is illegal to discuss such matters and against to law to divulge information. Typical council "different strokes for different folks". WHere are you english rose cat got your tongue lucky19
  • Score: 2

1:29pm Wed 5 Feb 14

lisa.2302 says...

Im sure that window was like that afew wks ago when I was in this take away.
Im sure that window was like that afew wks ago when I was in this take away. lisa.2302
  • Score: 1

1:53pm Wed 5 Feb 14

We'll win the next one says...

sean_brfc wrote:
'Insurance will cover it and a bit more'. Oh, and then bump up his premium next year. I'm sure he's delighted.
Thats not how it works. Providing the driver is fully comp his insurance company will be stuck with the bill. Mongo.
[quote][p][bold]sean_brfc[/bold] wrote: 'Insurance will cover it and a bit more'. Oh, and then bump up his premium next year. I'm sure he's delighted.[/p][/quote]Thats not how it works. Providing the driver is fully comp his insurance company will be stuck with the bill. Mongo. We'll win the next one
  • Score: 0

12:43am Thu 6 Feb 14

english rose 1 says...

lucky19 wrote:
Well in that case does english rose not know what data protection is and it is illegal to discuss such matters and against to law to divulge information. Typical council "different strokes for different folks". WHere are you english rose cat got your tongue
The guy who said he was the owner lives in Blackburn (Queen's Park area I think), - he got 3 fines and the Council had to take the illegal signs down for him as he refused to do it. Fact. He apparently also ows Big Bites on Bridge St. If he said he was the owner (and not you) he needs to get his facts right !! The fines are public knowledge.
[quote][p][bold]lucky19[/bold] wrote: Well in that case does english rose not know what data protection is and it is illegal to discuss such matters and against to law to divulge information. Typical council "different strokes for different folks". WHere are you english rose cat got your tongue[/p][/quote]The guy who said he was the owner lives in Blackburn (Queen's Park area I think), - he got 3 fines and the Council had to take the illegal signs down for him as he refused to do it. Fact. He apparently also ows Big Bites on Bridge St. If he said he was the owner (and not you) he needs to get his facts right !! The fines are public knowledge. english rose 1
  • Score: -1

1:30am Thu 6 Feb 14

lucky19 says...

And if you read about the fines properly it states the coucil fined the owner of the business and not the owner of they property the owner fully co-operated with the council. ENGLISH ROSE one question? What the hell has this to do with the ACCIDENT!!!!!!!!!
And if you read about the fines properly it states the coucil fined the owner of the business and not the owner of they property the owner fully co-operated with the council. ENGLISH ROSE one question? What the hell has this to do with the ACCIDENT!!!!!!!!! lucky19
  • Score: 4

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