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Man dies and several injured after bridge collapsed on farm

Lancashire Police were called to the scene following reports of a serious accident on Tuesday (18th January).

A man has died and several others were injured when a vehicle and trailer fell into a river after a bridge collapsed in Roeburnedale.

Lancashire Police were called to the scene in the Moor Lane area at around 4.25pm yesterday (18th January).

Eleven people were in the Polaris Ranger vehicle and trailer at the time of the incident. One man suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A second man suffered a serious head injury and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment, while a third person suffered a serious back injury and was taken to Royal Lancaster Infirmary, along with others who were injured.

Emergency services including police, ambulance crews, fire crews and mountain rescue attended the scene. Road closures are in place and expected to continue for some time.

An investigation into the circumstances around the incident is underway and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

Detective inspector Kirsty Wyatt, of Lancashire Police, said: “My thoughts are very much with all those involved in what is a very sad and tragic incident. One man has sadly died and a number of people have suffered serious injuries.

“At this time we believe the vehicle was pulling the trailer, containing a number of people, when a bridge gave way. Those people were then thrown from the vehicle and trailer.

“Our investigation is at very early stages and enquiries are ongoing to establish what happened.”

Anyone with information which can help police can call 101 quoting log 0953 of January 18.

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