A DRIVER is believed to have been thrown from his car by the impact of a head-on crash.
Police believe the 25-year-old man was thrown through the side passenger window of his red Volkswagen Golf when it collided with a silver Peugeot 207 on Whalley Road, close to the Portfield Bar traffic lights on the border of Great Harwood.
He was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital with slight head injuries, cuts and bruises. His condition was not believed to be life-threatening.
Police said the Peugeot, carrying two 64-year-olds from the Accrington area, was travelling towards Whalley when it was shunted backwards by the force of the crash into a dry stone wall.
Both were taken to hospital by paramedics. The man was treated for cracked ribs and the woman had spine and leg injuries. They have since been released from hospital.
The driver of the Golf, also from Accrington, had been travelling towards Accrington when the incident happened at around noon on Sunday.
Police are investigating whether the man was trying to make an overtaking manoeuvre when he lost control.
The red Volkswagen spun around and stopped facing towards Whalley.
Police said the driver was found outside the vehicle and officers are investigating whether or not he was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Sergeant Mick Young of the Road Policing Unit, said: “We believe the driver may have exited the car through the front passenger window. However, it is possible that he let himself out of the vehicle.
“The road was closed for around two hours while an investigation was carried out.”
Fire crews were called to secure the scene and officers from Lancashire County Council sanded the road because of a fuel and oil spillage from the vehicles.
Witnesses are asked to contact the road policing unit on 51212.