TWO elderly people were taken to hospital in a critical condition following an accident on Monday afternoon. 

A man and a woman were airlifted to the Royal Preston Hospital after a head-on crash between a car and a van on Whalley Road at around 2.30pm.

Roads in the area were closed as emergency services dealt with the incident. 

A spokesman for the ambulance service said: "We were called to the scene and sent two air ambulances, a senior clinician and a an ambulance.

"Two patients were both taken by Air Ambulance to the Royal Preston Hospital. They are both in a critical condition.

"The man is suffering chest injuries and the woman has head injuries."

A police spokesperson confirmed they had closed of a section of Whalley Road between Woone Lane and the A59 due to a serious road traffic collision. 

The road was closed for around two hours as a clean-up operation and investigation took place.

Two fire engines from Clitheroe and one from Great Harwood also attended the scene.