A pizza delivery driver from Accrington has been killed in a hit-and-run.

Two men in their 20s have now been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after the man, who was only 40-years-old, was hit by a car on Manchester Road in Accrington.

The Lancashire Telegraph believe the man was a part-time delivery driver working for the Monte Cristo Express takeaway, which is situated on Manchester Road. 

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The incident, which involved a Peugeot car happened at around 5.50pm on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the police said: "We were called around 5.50pm on Sunday after a collision in Accrington.

"It was reported a Peugeot car had been involved in a collision with a pedestrian on Manchester Road.

"The pedestrian, a 40-year-old man, suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Two men, both in their 20s, were later arrested by police on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and are in custody."

Posting on their Facebook page, owners of the Monte Cristo Express on Manchester Road said: "It is with great sadness to say that last night we lost one of our Monte Cristo Family.

"Our friend who came to help us at weekends was hit by a speeding car on Manchester Road while going out on delivery. 

"We send his wife, kids, family, and friends our deepest condolences and love, we can’t imagine what they are going through at this difficult time.

"We would also like to take this time to remind everyone to not drive under the influence and not to speed on busy residential roads.

"Especially on a road with customers/workers from various businesses and residents such as Manchester Road.

"It only takes a split second for somebody to lose a life.

"Thank you to everybody for their patience and understanding during this time."

His next of kin have been informed. 

Manchester Road was closed for four hours between Haworth Park and Oakhill Park, while emergency services dealt with the incident. 

Councillor Tony Dobson, who represents the Barnfield Ward on Hyndburn Borough Council, has now called on bosses at Lancashire County Council to introduce restrictions on the road, which is notorious for double parking and speeding. 

Cllr Dobson said: “First of all my condolences are with the man’s family, friends and work colleagues at this time.

“It’s only late last year that I had a number of conversations with employers and the local residents about vehicle parking and speeding traffic on Manchester Road.

“This morning I have written to the Lancashire County Council representative for Accrington South, David Dawson, calling on him to urgently speak with the necessary people at LCC to bring in speed and parking restrictions as possible, so that sad incidents like this can never be repeated. 

“Over a number of years I’ve chatted with residents about speeding and parked cars on Manchester Road, the inability of those people living just off Manchester Road to be able to get out of their driveways safely and the speed of vehicles.

“There are some very cost-effective ways to reduce the possibility of a further accident which could be implemented in a number of short weeks and I will be willing to meet the necessary person from LCC to talk through those quick solutions.

“This is a matter of grave concern for a number of local residents and I as their local representative.”

It is believed an off duty police officer who was in the area attended to the man and helped perform CPR until paramedics arrived.

Posting on Twitter, Chief Inspector Hassan Khan said: "The actions of an off duty officer tonight at a serious RTC in Hyndburn have been nothing short of amazing.

"Performed CPR, detained a person and managed to get a high-vis jacket off a bus driver and directed traffic.

"Proud moment for the officer and Lancs Police."