Chorley dog walker finds remains of overnight car crash in Yarrow Valley Country Park

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A woman from Chorley was shocked when she came across a car wreck whilst taking her dog on a morning walk in a country park.


Bev Hardingham had been walking her Cocker Spaniel in Birkacre Road at around 6.30am this morning (Tuesday, April 29) when she spotted an upturned car at the entrance to Yarrow Valley Park.

This Renault was found abandoned near the entrance to Yarrow Valley Park in Birkacre, Chorley on Tuesday, April 29. Pic - Bev Hardingham

This Renault was found abandoned near the entrance to Yarrow Valley Park in Birkacre, Chorley on Tuesday, April 29. Pic - Bev Hardingham

The silver Renault car appeared to have crashed into a tree at speed and rolled onto its side, suffering extensive damage before being abandoned.

People living nearby, in Pear Tree Avenue and Clancutt Lane, reported being woken by a loud bang at around 3am.

But the circumstances of the crash remain a mystery.

The occupants of the car appeared to have left the scene of the crash without reporting the incident to police.

The heavily damaged car appears to have hit a tree before coming to a stop on its side. Pic - Bev Hardingham

The heavily damaged car appears to have hit a tree before coming to a stop on its side. Pic - Bev Hardingham

A police spokesman said: "We were first called at around 10:30am this morning (Tuesday, April 29) after a car had been seen crashed into a tree.

"It is a damage only collision (no one injured) so we wouldn’t give out more info than that I am afraid."

Bev Hardingham, from Chorley, came across the car wreck at around 6.30am this morning (Monday, April 29) whilst walking her dog in Yarrow Valley Park.

Bev Hardingham, from Chorley, came across the car wreck at around 6.30am this morning (Monday, April 29) whilst walking her dog in Yarrow Valley Park.

Police said no injuries had been reported, but the occupants of the vehicle had left the scene before officers arrived. Pic - Bev Hardingham

Police said no injuries had been reported, but the occupants of the vehicle had left the scene before officers arrived. Pic - Bev Hardingham

The car has suffered extensive damage in the crash. Pic - Bev Hardingham

The car has suffered extensive damage in the crash. Pic - Bev Hardingham