Three die in Darwen as car hits lamp-post

Three people have died after a car hit a lamp-post in Lancashire.

The crash happened in Darwen at 15:30 BST on Saturday, outside the Ocean Palace restaurant on the A666 Bolton Road, police said.

One person died at the scene and two others died shortly afterwards in Royal Blackburn Hospital.

A fourth person was taken to hospital and remains in a critical condition. Lancashire Police have appealed for witnesses to contact them.

The road was closed in both directions while police investigated the crash.

Insp Damian Kitchen said: "We are in the process of identifying the people involved and informing relatives.

"This is an extremely tragic incident which will impact on a number of families, and we will be doing everything possible to support them at this time."

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