Two men critical after quad bike crashes in Accrington

Two men are in a critical condition after a quad bike they were riding crashed before colliding with four pedestrians in Lancashire.

Police said the men were riding the bike in Augusta Street in Accrington on Saturday when it hit a lamppost near the junction with Clement Street.

The bike then crashed into two women and two children - one only 10 months old. None of them were seriously hurt.

The men are both seriously ill in Royal Preston Hospital.

The baby, its 25-year-old mother, an eight-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman were taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital for treatment but have all since been discharged.

Sgt Gareth Hill from Lancashire Police's road policing unit has appealed to anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed the crash to come forward.

He said: "I am also interested in speaking with anyone who may have seen the quad bike in the short time leading up to the collision in the areas around Clement Street and Augusta Street.

"I would like to reassure the local community that the quad bike was not being pursued by police prior to the collision and that our involvement is dealing with the aftermath."

He added: "A full investigation is ongoing to establish the cause of the collision."

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