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

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.

Thursday, 22nd August 2019, 9:50 am
Updated Thursday, 22nd August 2019, 10:50 am
The crash has caused considerable damage to the pedestrian crossing island in Water Lane, Ashton

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).

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.

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

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.

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.

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

"A car had collided with a lamppost.

"Officers attended but nobody was found inside the car.

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

"The closures have now been lifted.

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

"Enquiries are ongoing."

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

The stricken lamppost has now been removed, but the pedestrian crossing island remains taped off
A detached and damaged traffic light can be seen on the grass verge near the pavement opposite the pedestrian crossing