A community was in mourning today for a young man and woman killed in a road crash.
The victims, believed to have been a couple, died together when the car they were travelling in left a country lane at Euxton, near Leyland, careered into a ditch and hit a tree. They were named locally as former Balshaw High School student Kirsty Belsham and self-employed flooring contractor Alex Wilson, and were both understood to be in their early 20s.
Police say the vehicle, a grey Fiat Punto, failed to negotiate a right-hand bend near the Plough Inn and went into the ditch. It is understood Ms Belsham, who was driving the car, and Mr Wilson, who was in the front passenger seat, both died from catastrophic head injuries.
Officers said they were pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other vehicles involved.
A police spokesman said: “We got a call just after 11pm from a passing motorist reporting a car in a ditch near the Plough public house.
“Patrols attended and found the vehicle. Sadly, the two occupants were pronounced dead at the scene.
“We are trying to establish the circumstances around this collision. We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw the car before the incident, or witnessed the accident.”
Readers left tributes online today on Facebook. Suzanne Buttery posted: “So sad, thoughts with both families at such a sad time....RIP.” Amy Hodkinson said: “RIP Alex, absolutely gutted.”
The crash happened on a stretch of road which locals also say has caught out motorists in the past.
Several took to social media to condemn the bend as dangerous.
One said on Facebook: “Such a bad stretch of road, seen so many cars in that ditch, I can’t even count. It’s awful.”
Another wrote: “That corner is slippy. I went in the ditch years ago and the police were slipping walking round that corner. The road needs sorting out.”
Sgt Malcolm Bell, of Lancashire Police, said: “We are trying to establish the circumstances around this collision.
“We would be particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw the car before the incident, or witnessed the accident.
“If you were in the Euxton area and saw this vehicle, I would ask you to get in touch.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting log reference 1495 of March 24.