This is why Watery Lane and Tulketh Road were closed in Preston city centre this morning

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
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A number of city centre roads were closed this morning after a car mounted a pedestrian crossing and crashed into a lamppost and traffic lights.


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

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

Lancashire Police said 'enquiries are ongoing' to establish what exactly happened after a car was found abandoned on the pedestrian crossing.

Officers said the car mounted the pedestrian island in Water Lane, where it collided with a lamppost and traffic lights.

The traffic lights remain out of order this morning and the damaged lamppost has been recovered.

The pedestrian island outside the Grand Junction remains cordoned off with police tape.

Police closed Water Lane at the junction with Tulketh Road in Ashton this morning after a car crashed into a lamppost and traffic lights on a pedestrian crossing

Police closed Water Lane at the junction with Tulketh Road in Ashton this morning after a car crashed into a lamppost and traffic lights on a pedestrian crossing

Sawdust and grit has been spread across the road and crossing, covering tyre marks left after the car mounted the island.

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.

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

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

"The closures have now been lifted.

"Enquiries are ongoing."

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A detached and damaged traffic light can be seen on the grass verge near the pavement opposite the pedestrian crossing

A detached and damaged traffic light can be seen on the grass verge near the pavement opposite the pedestrian crossing

Police are urging anyone with information or dash-cam footage to call 101, quoting log number 151 of August 22.