Police re-open Preston city centre road after early morning crash

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A main Preston city centre road has reopened after being closed by police due to a traffic accident overnight.


Police shut Water Lane, from the junction of West Strand to Watery Lane, after an accident near the Grand Junction and The Wheatsheaf pubs in the early hours of this morning (August 22).

The traffic lights at the junction of Watery Lane and Tulketh Road are still out and the pedestrian crossing outside the Grand Junction remains cordoned off with police tape.

Police said the road was expected to remain shut during morning rush hour and advised people to avoid the area until later this morning.

But the road is now open to traffic, with police urging caution to motorists and pedestrians near the disabled traffic lights.

Earlier this morning, a police spokesman said: "We are dealing with an RTC on Water Lane, Preston this morning.

The stricken lamppost has now been removed, but the pedestrian crossing island remains taped off

The stricken lamppost has now been removed, but the pedestrian crossing island remains taped off

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"The road is closed inbound towards the city centre, from the junction of West Strand to Watery Lane.

"Please avoid the area during rush hour as it is likely to be closed for a few hours."

What happened?

The crash has caused considerable damage to the pedestrian crossing island in Water Lane, Ashton

The crash has caused considerable damage to the pedestrian crossing island in Water Lane, Ashton

Lancashire Police said 'enquiries are ongoing' to establish what exactly happened in the early hours of this morning.

A police spokesman said: "We were called at 4.19am hours today (22 August) to reports of a collision on Tulketh Brow, Preston.

"A car had collided with a lamppost.

"Officers attended but nobody was found inside the car.

Sand and grit have been spread at the scene where the car mounted the pedestrian crossing before colliding with a lamppost and traffic lights

Sand and grit have been spread at the scene where the car mounted the pedestrian crossing before colliding with a lamppost and traffic lights

"It looks like road closures were in place around Water Lane, Watery Lane and Fylde Road.

"The closures have now been lifted."

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting log number 151 of August 22.