Pensioner in hospital after Farnworth crash

This Is Lancashire: Pensioner in hospital after Farnworth horror crash Pensioner in hospital after Farnworth horror crash

AN 87-year-old man has been taken to hospital after a crash in Farnworth.

The pensioner, who was driving a red Smart car, hit a black Ford Focus at the junction of Albert Road and Glynne Street, just outside the Shakespeare pub in Farnworth.

Witnesses described the 87-year-old, who had to be cut out of his car by firefighters, as being in a "a bad way" and he was taken to hospital.

His car, which has been destroyed, is on a traffic island and police closed the surrounding roads.

They have now re-opened and police are managing the traffic.

Witness Angela Rothwell, who lives in the Shakespeare pub, said: "We heard a huge bang and came out - there were people everywhere.

"I saw the elderly man - he was in a real state.

"He looked shocked and the ambulance took him to hospital.

"This is a bad corner and there have been accidents here before."

Another witness, who did not wish to be named, said: "This has happened because the filter light on the traffic lights doesn't work, so the older man has obviously thought it was okay to go.

"It's not the first I have seen here - it needs fixing."

Someone else who witnessed the crash and did not want to be named added: "We heard a sound like a gunshot and came running out.

"We could see the man being cut out of his car. He looked in a bad way."

  • UPDATE - Midday June 19 - The man was taken to the Royal Bolton Hospital complaining of abdominal and chest pains.  He is still in hospital. A spokesman said police were no longer investigating the incident as they do not believe there was any criminal activity.

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9:56pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Robert2012 says...

I hope the guy is ok....but 87 and driving!

There really does need to be a law change, for people over retirement age to take a yearly suitability test and medical.
I hope the guy is ok....but 87 and driving! There really does need to be a law change, for people over retirement age to take a yearly suitability test and medical. Robert2012
  • Score: -28

10:09pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Citizen Cane says...

A high proportion of serious accidents involve 17-24 year olds - how about monthly suitability tests for that age group?
A high proportion of serious accidents involve 17-24 year olds - how about monthly suitability tests for that age group? Citizen Cane
  • Score: 73

10:11pm Wed 18 Jun 14

boltonlass2 says...

Why do you automatically assume its the 87 year old person fault? This is what annoys me, people jumping to conclusions before knowing facts.
Why do you automatically assume its the 87 year old person fault? This is what annoys me, people jumping to conclusions before knowing facts. boltonlass2
  • Score: 61

11:08pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Que_Sera_Sera says...

The filter on that junction does work, but it's only programmed to filter at peak times when there is heavy traffic.
The filter on that junction does work, but it's only programmed to filter at peak times when there is heavy traffic. Que_Sera_Sera
  • Score: 11

11:26pm Wed 18 Jun 14

doogle1965 says...

age is nothing to do with it I hope he makes a full recovery,we was involved in a car crash 5 wks ago 2 boy racers in a cheap car smashed in2 us on a roundabout which we had right of way instead of stopping they ploughed in2 us and our 12000 pound car has been writtain off there not bothered as they replyed sorry we know its our fault but its only tin at the end of the day there car wasn't worth anything so losing it didn't bother them...if the filter weren't working then its no bodies fault..
age is nothing to do with it I hope he makes a full recovery,we was involved in a car crash 5 wks ago 2 boy racers in a cheap car smashed in2 us on a roundabout which we had right of way instead of stopping they ploughed in2 us and our 12000 pound car has been writtain off there not bothered as they replyed sorry we know its our fault but its only tin at the end of the day there car wasn't worth anything so losing it didn't bother them...if the filter weren't working then its no bodies fault.. doogle1965
  • Score: -7

1:18am Thu 19 Jun 14

barry g says...

1. The pensioner, who was driving a red Smart car, hit a black Ford Focus at the junction of Albert Road and Glynne Street, just outside the Shakespeare pub in Farnworth.


2. Another witness, who did not wish to be named, said: "This has happened because the filter light on the traffic lights doesn't work, so the older man has obviously thought it was okay to go.

3. if the filter weren't working then its no bodies fault..

If you read properly.

The red car hit the black car. Red cars driver at fault.

you only go if the road is clear, obviously it wasn't a black car was coming
driver error.

If filter isn't showing. Then you don't go until the rd is clear. Driver error.

just think. The traffic lights are on red, are they working or stuck on red,
do you go presuming the traffic on the otherside has stopped, NO I didn't think so.

Did the elderly driver think the black car was further away than it was due to failing eye sight.
1. The pensioner, who was driving a red Smart car, hit a black Ford Focus at the junction of Albert Road and Glynne Street, just outside the Shakespeare pub in Farnworth. 2. Another witness, who did not wish to be named, said: "This has happened because the filter light on the traffic lights doesn't work, so the older man has obviously thought it was okay to go. 3. if the filter weren't working then its no bodies fault.. If you read properly. The red car hit the black car. Red cars driver at fault. you only go if the road is clear, obviously it wasn't a black car was coming driver error. If filter isn't showing. Then you don't go until the rd is clear. Driver error. just think. The traffic lights are on red, are they working or stuck on red, do you go presuming the traffic on the otherside has stopped, NO I didn't think so. Did the elderly driver think the black car was further away than it was due to failing eye sight. barry g
  • Score: -3

4:29am Thu 19 Jun 14

Annelime says...

Local rumour has it that the driver of the black car made off. As he's not mentioned in this report maybe that's true! If it is them there's more to this story, maybe drunk/speeding! My father had a crash here had been stationary at the lights a minute or two when a car ploughed into the back of him! The car behind that said he didn't even see her break lights!
Local rumour has it that the driver of the black car made off. As he's not mentioned in this report maybe that's true! If it is them there's more to this story, maybe drunk/speeding! My father had a crash here had been stationary at the lights a minute or two when a car ploughed into the back of him! The car behind that said he didn't even see her break lights! Annelime
  • Score: 6

9:01am Thu 19 Jun 14

Robert2012 says...

I turn right at those lights everyday....never had a issue with the filter.

In response to some comments above. This is at least the third incident in as many months that has been reported in this paper, the most serious being the devasting life changing injuries the poor pedestrian received on Chapel Town Road with another driver 70+

If young drivers need to be reassesed im all for that as well...

But do you honestly believe that a 87 year old has good reaction times, is in better health, can hear and see as well as a person between 20 - 60?

Jesus most at that age can hardly walk, let alone drive!
I turn right at those lights everyday....never had a issue with the filter. In response to some comments above. This is at least the third incident in as many months that has been reported in this paper, the most serious being the devasting life changing injuries the poor pedestrian received on Chapel Town Road with another driver 70+ If young drivers need to be reassesed im all for that as well... But do you honestly believe that a 87 year old has good reaction times, is in better health, can hear and see as well as a person between 20 - 60? Jesus most at that age can hardly walk, let alone drive! Robert2012
  • Score: 10

10:01am Thu 19 Jun 14

marco999 says...

My dad is well into his 80's and he can run, swim , climb and puts many people much younger than him to shame. He drives every day, still works (part time) and has never had a single accident in his 50 plus year driving history so don't tar all elderly people with the same brush. I agree that reaction times do slow as you get older but the other side of the coin shows that risk taking and impatience is more common among younger drivers - that's why they pay such ludicrous insurance premiums. I see more dangerous driving these days from young lads trying to break the sound barrier in a Citroen Saxo whilst listening to ear splitting music booming out of massive speakers, people texting as they drive (I see that every single day) people on phones, people listening to music on headphones while driving!! Then you have the arrogant German car drivers who can't be bothered to indicate and tailgate you because their destination is so much more important than yours, people who take ridiculous risks to squeeze into a gap in front of you etc and so on. If I were about to be hit by another car, I'd much prefer it to be an elderly driver with slow reaction times than a boy racer distracted by booming music and texting.
My dad is well into his 80's and he can run, swim , climb and puts many people much younger than him to shame. He drives every day, still works (part time) and has never had a single accident in his 50 plus year driving history so don't tar all elderly people with the same brush. I agree that reaction times do slow as you get older but the other side of the coin shows that risk taking and impatience is more common among younger drivers - that's why they pay such ludicrous insurance premiums. I see more dangerous driving these days from young lads trying to break the sound barrier in a Citroen Saxo whilst listening to ear splitting music booming out of massive speakers, people texting as they drive (I see that every single day) people on phones, people listening to music on headphones while driving!! Then you have the arrogant German car drivers who can't be bothered to indicate and tailgate you because their destination is so much more important than yours, people who take ridiculous risks to squeeze into a gap in front of you etc and so on. If I were about to be hit by another car, I'd much prefer it to be an elderly driver with slow reaction times than a boy racer distracted by booming music and texting. marco999
  • Score: 11

12:07pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Robert2012 says...

marco999

and you suggested I tarred people with the same brush....

I am merely suggesting that persons over 70 should take a aptitude / health test every 12 months...

if person under 20 or those that drive a saxo, audi, VW or those who heaven forbid have their stereo on to loud need on as well...then so be it.
marco999 and you suggested I tarred people with the same brush.... I am merely suggesting that persons over 70 should take a aptitude / health test every 12 months... if person under 20 or those that drive a saxo, audi, VW or those who heaven forbid have their stereo on to loud need on as well...then so be it. Robert2012
  • Score: 4

12:44pm Thu 19 Jun 14

filthy6 says...

Witness Angela Rothwell, who lives in the Shakespeare pub, said: "We heard a huge bang and came out..... Definition of a witness is..?????
Witness Angela Rothwell, who lives in the Shakespeare pub, said: "We heard a huge bang and came out..... Definition of a witness is..????? filthy6
  • Score: 6

1:45pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Bolton Lad 85 says...

doogle1965 wrote:
age is nothing to do with it I hope he makes a full recovery,we was involved in a car crash 5 wks ago 2 boy racers in a cheap car smashed in2 us on a roundabout which we had right of way instead of stopping they ploughed in2 us and our 12000 pound car has been writtain off there not bothered as they replyed sorry we know its our fault but its only tin at the end of the day there car wasn't worth anything so losing it didn't bother them...if the filter weren't working then its no bodies fault..
Sounds like your grammar is as bad as your driving.
[quote][p][bold]doogle1965[/bold] wrote: age is nothing to do with it I hope he makes a full recovery,we was involved in a car crash 5 wks ago 2 boy racers in a cheap car smashed in2 us on a roundabout which we had right of way instead of stopping they ploughed in2 us and our 12000 pound car has been writtain off there not bothered as they replyed sorry we know its our fault but its only tin at the end of the day there car wasn't worth anything so losing it didn't bother them...if the filter weren't working then its no bodies fault..[/p][/quote]Sounds like your grammar is as bad as your driving. Bolton Lad 85
  • Score: 0

2:57pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Farnworth Lady says...

That Junction is always having near misses.
I must admit, the Filter Light has always worked when I have been turning, but as someone pointed out - it works at Peak Times, and that is when I would be using that Junction.
I sincerely hope the elderly Gentleman recovers.

Around a Month ago, I was turning Left onto Glynne St and the Lights were on Red, I was stationary.
Around 3-4 seconds later, a Black Car sped up to my Right and Shot right across, and sped down Egerton Street, Luckily no-one was turning right from Glynne St...........madness
!
That Junction is always having near misses. I must admit, the Filter Light has always worked when I have been turning, but as someone pointed out - it works at Peak Times, and that is when I would be using that Junction. I sincerely hope the elderly Gentleman recovers. Around a Month ago, I was turning Left onto Glynne St and the Lights were on Red, I was stationary. Around 3-4 seconds later, a Black Car sped up to my Right and Shot right across, and sped down Egerton Street, Luckily no-one was turning right from Glynne St...........madness ! Farnworth Lady
  • Score: 4

7:32pm Thu 19 Jun 14

macauley says...

things always happen in farnworth.
things always happen in farnworth. macauley
  • Score: -3

4:22am Sat 21 Jun 14

doogle1965 says...

Bolton Lad 85 wrote:
doogle1965 wrote:
age is nothing to do with it I hope he makes a full recovery,we was involved in a car crash 5 wks ago 2 boy racers in a cheap car smashed in2 us on a roundabout which we had right of way instead of stopping they ploughed in2 us and our 12000 pound car has been writtain off there not bothered as they replyed sorry we know its our fault but its only tin at the end of the day there car wasn't worth anything so losing it didn't bother them...if the filter weren't working then its no bodies fault..
Sounds like your grammar is as bad as your driving.
for your information I don't drive or should I say not allowed to drive due to my disabilities, so don't comment until you know the facts...even if I could drive I wouldn't. we used to own a Subaru we know how many boy racers are on the road showing off in daddies car music blasting, statitics have proven more accidents caused by under 25 yr olds ..also when you get to my age you don't really care how bad your grammer is MR perfect Bolton Lad 85..
[quote][p][bold]Bolton Lad 85[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]doogle1965[/bold] wrote: age is nothing to do with it I hope he makes a full recovery,we was involved in a car crash 5 wks ago 2 boy racers in a cheap car smashed in2 us on a roundabout which we had right of way instead of stopping they ploughed in2 us and our 12000 pound car has been writtain off there not bothered as they replyed sorry we know its our fault but its only tin at the end of the day there car wasn't worth anything so losing it didn't bother them...if the filter weren't working then its no bodies fault..[/p][/quote]Sounds like your grammar is as bad as your driving.[/p][/quote]for your information I don't drive or should I say not allowed to drive due to my disabilities, so don't comment until you know the facts...even if I could drive I wouldn't. we used to own a Subaru we know how many boy racers are on the road showing off in daddies car music blasting, statitics have proven more accidents caused by under 25 yr olds ..also when you get to my age you don't really care how bad your grammer is MR perfect Bolton Lad 85.. doogle1965
  • Score: -2

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