THIS is the terrifying moment two pedestrians had to jump for their lives as an out of control car smashed into a parked vehicle sending it careering along the pavement.
Incredible CCTV footage obtained by the Lancashire Telegraph shows how two men carrying shopping bags narrowly avoided being hit by the car as it steamed towards them in Whalley Range, Blackburn.
In footage of the freak accident, a blue Golf can be seen to clip a parked car before it flipped on to its roof.
Amazingly the driver of the Volkswagen, is seen to scramble free from the wreckage with nothing but a bloody nose.
Police said he was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital to be checked over as a precaution.
Officers, fire crews and ambulances were called to the scene at around 11am outside Your Handy Hire Shop. The road was closed for a short time so the vehicle could be recovered.
Jeff Crook, 66, co-owner of Your Handy Hire Shop, said: “We were in here and we heard the bang. I said it’s a crash.
“My son went to the door and I went to the CCTV camera. I don’t think the driver was going too fast. He just failed to see the vehicle and just clipped it.”
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Mr Crook said the narrowed sections of road failed to calm traffic sufficiently.
He said: “There needs to be a hump right across the road. It wouldn’t stop traffic moving but would restrict its speed.
“You get two or three people trying to get through at the same time,” he said.
Faisal Yasin, an employee at nearby Nansha Sweet Centre, said: “I heard a bang and I saw a car upside down.
“We were all shocked but we had to rush back to serve customers.”
Ali Mohammed, who works at the nearby Jet Service Station, said: “The car toppled over on its front and I heard it was quite badly damaged.”
Mehboob Patel, 63, who lives on Whalley Range said he believed the speed limit should be reduced to 20mph.
He said: “I heard a bang and saw the car. It was upside down. It should be 20mph along here, no more than that.”
A 49-year-old father-of-two said: “The problem here is these youngsters driving here thinking it’s a racing track. It’s very dangerous.
“I am scared to let my kids walk there out in this street.
“I think the police need to monitor this part of town.
“I have seen some drivers going 80 and 90 miles per hour and people are parking where they are not supposed to be parking.”
Inspector Claire Cooper said police had attended and that the driver had received ‘minor injuries’.
She said: “The road was temporarily closed. A male had minor injuries and he went to hospital.
“It is being classed as a minor incident. No-one has been arrested.”
Cllr Shaukat Hussain, who represents Bastwell, said the road narrowing traffic calming measures are usually adequate for the road.
He said: “The idea was to slow the traffic down. It usually works.
“The problem is if people speed a long time before they get to it especially if they are not careful accidents happen.
“We’ve had complaints before and maybe it is something we need to look at.
“It’s due to people trying to race their way through rather than give way.
“Quite a few residents especially businesses have asked for speed humps but the problem with that is that we have a bus route through there. That was the reason we didn’t put them in originally.”
He added that possibly a speed camera might help but is unlikely to happen because of a lack of funding.
Cllr Iftakhar Hussain, said: “There are some people who are driving silly but most of the time it’s not too bad. Sometimes we get some youngsters race up and down but I don’t think it’s a big issue.”