These shocking images show the damage caused by a crash at a busy junction.

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The incident, which happened on Lower Audley Street close to the Darwen Street bridge on Tuesday afternoon left a car so severely crushed that the roof had to be cut off so the driver could be removed by fire crews.

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A spokesperson for the ambulance service, who were called at 12.49pm and sent two ambulances as well as a rapid response vehicle said two female occupants were taken to hospital with 'major trauma'.

The spokesperson said: "We were called at 12.49pm and took two females to Royal Preston Hospital with major trauma."

Residents in the area said it was only a matter of time before an accident occurred at that junction.

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Michelle Ayres who took the images, said: "It was only a matter of time before an accident happened there.

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"It's always fascinated me how cars slip through the red lights and because of their impatience, they're blocking the way for oncoming traffic."

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Fire crews, police and ambulance crews attended the scene, which brought traffic to a halt for a number of hours.

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A spokesperson for the fire service said: "Two fire engines from Blackburn attended a road traffic collision involving two vehicles on Lower Audley Street in Blackburn.

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"Firefighters used stabilising equipment, cutters and spreaders to extricate two casualties who were treated by ambulance crews."

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The extent of the occupant's injuries is not yet known.