Man crushed near Preston school dies
A delivery driver has died following a collision close to a school in Preston.
At around 6:45am today (Tuesday, September 18) the man, 56, from Preston was delivering goods to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary School when he became trapped between his refrigerated vehicle and a gatepost.
Lancashire police said this afternoon that he had died as a result of his injuries.
The matter is now being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive.
The man has not been named.
Police said: "Our thoughts remain with the man’s family at this incredibly sad and difficult time."
A spokesman for the Diocese of Lancaster Education Services said: "Our prayers are with Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary School in Preston today following the terrible accident that took place this morning. Prayers for the man who died and for his family and friends. May he rest in peace."
The school said on social media that it would remain closed tomorrow (Wednesday) while further investigations are being carried out.
A spokesman said: "Following the incident today we have been advised to keep school closed. Therefore we will not now be open Wednesday 19th September.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with all involved at this sad time.
The accident is believed to have happened at a side entrance to the school off Farringdon Lane, Ribbleton.
Fence repairs were being carried out at the scene this afternoon.
Two fire engines from Preston attended the incident.
Firefighters released one casualty who was trapped between the vehicle and a gate post.
A spokesman said: "The man tragically died as a result of his injuries. Our thoughts are with his family at this terribly sad time."
A neighbour said today: " I heard a heck of a crash early today.
"Then when I was walking my dog I saw a van turned sideways and police, fire engines and an ambulance at the scene.
"No-one knew what was happening at the time.
"It looked like a delivery van - I think I have seen it before."
Social media was awash with comments today.
Nicola Child said on Facebook: "Awful news. My heart with the family at this sad time."
Emma Louise said: "He was a lovely man with a heart of gold"