Two dead after car smashes into wall

TWO people have died in a country lane horror smash.

A man, named as 38-year-old Stephen Rigbye, of Scarisbrick, and woman, Agnes Parkinson, 40, of Mawdesley, were fatally injured when a black BMW 320 careered out of control on Bannister Lane, Hilldale, between Bispham Green and Parbold and crashed into a stone wall.

Police close the road near the scene of the accident

Police close the road near the scene of the accident

The emergency services were called at 7.15am today (Monday) after a passer-by found the vehicle on its roof.

The road was sealed off for eight hours as the casualties were taken away, the wreckage cleared and traffic experts carried out their investigations at the scene.

The accident happened on a winding section of unlit and isolated country lane and the vehicle hit the stone gateway to a new luxury home being built on Bannister Lane.

Vehicles were turned away at the Bannister Lane junction with Chorley Road at Bispham Green and where High Moor Lane becomes Whittle Lane near the Rigbye Arms.

This is a terrible tragedy and my heart goes out to the families of the two victims

Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for any witnesses to the collision or anyone who saw a black BMW in the gateway to the Hunter’s Hill Quarry.

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said that two ambulances were sent to the scene after receiving a call from police at 7.20am but no-one was taken to hospital.

One local resident, who did not want to be identified, said: “This is a terrible tragedy and my heart goes out to the families of the two victims.

“Looking at the mess that has been made of what was a very sturdy wall, you have to wonder what has gone on.”

Scene of a road traffic incident where two people died. Bannister Lane and Whittle Lane junction, Parbold

Scene of a road traffic incident where two people died. Bannister Lane and Whittle Lane junction, Parbold

Anyone with information is asked to ring police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.