A pensioner suffered serious leg injuries after he was hit by a car.

The man, in his 70s, was taken to hospital after the incident which happened at 6pm yesterday in Burnley. 

Officers were called to Coal Clough Lane near the junction of Harold Street.

Lancaster And Morecambe Citizen:

Harold Street, Coal Clough Lane and Scarlett Street and Richmond Street were also closed off for a period of time.

An eyewitness said police, an ambulance and an air ambulance were called to the scene.

Police said the driver of the vehicle stopped at the scene.

One Coal Clough Lane resident said: "I have never seen the road so busy in all my life.

"There were so many police officers and paramedics trying to help him.

"I know the man very well, he's a great man.

"He looked to be in a lot of pain.

"The ambulance helicopter came and tried to land somewhere further down Coal Clough Lane."

Another resident said: "It was really distressing.

"The paramedics were working on him for a long time.

"There's all sorts of stories going round on social media about what happened and people need to stop making things up

"I hope the man makes a speedy recovery."

Force incident manager inspector Sue Horn said: "The male in his 70s was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital.

"His lower leg injuries are not thought to be life threatening but are serious."

A police spokesman said: “We were called at 5.38pm yesterday to Coal Clough Lane, Burnley, following reports of a collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian.

“The pedestrian, a man in his 70s, was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital, suffering serious leg injuries.

“The driver of the vehicle stopped at the scene.

“The road was closed at the junction with St Matthew Street.

“Any witnesses should call police on 101 quoting log 1212 of April 17