Man falls 60ft from Accrington viaduct and survives
A MAN was left with serious head injuries and multiple suspected broken bones after falling from the viaduct in Accrington.
Witnesses in the town centre saw the man, believed to be in his late teens, fall around 60ft on to Hyndburn Road, near the McDonald’s restaurant.
A passing police patrol car found the man breathing and conscious around 10.45pm on Wednesday.
He was taken by ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital with serious head injuries and suspected broken legs and pelvis.
Paramedics said the man was conscious but not fully alert.
A police spokesman said they were not investigating the circumstances of the incident and did not believe a third party was involved.
Opposition leader at Hyndburn Council, Peter Britcliffe, said he was saddened by the news and called for action to prevent other people from climbing on the viaduct and having similar accidents.
He said: “This has been an awful accident and there needs to be an investigation to see if the viaduct can be made more secure.
“Obviously this person has had a miracle escape but others might not be so fortunate.
“One can only hope this man will go on to make a full recovery.”
Coun Britcliffe said making the viaduct and Arndale Centre secure has been an issue he is concerned with for some time.
He said: “It’s a desperate problem we have in Hyndburn at the moment.
“Perhaps we need to make it more prominent for people to rind out the help which is available.”
Concerns that the shopping centre has featured in a number of tragic incidents led to managers at the centre calling an urgent meeting.
Arndale manager Zain Kiyani said at the time: “We are always looking to make the car park safe – to make the centre safe as a whole.
“Spending money is not an issue if we can identify something that will truly help keep people safe.
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