A mother thought her baby daughter was dead after her pram was struck by an ‘out of control’ quad bike.
Lyndsay Shearon’s nine-month-old baby Morgan’s pram was crumpled after the black bike suddenly struck them outside their Accrington home last Saturday shortly before 4pm.
Lyndsay, 25, was waiting outside her friend Joanne Gregson’s home on Clement Street with Joanne’s daughters Demi-Jo, eight, and Nicolle, 18, and her 17-month-old grandson Kian.
Six people were injured in the accident and, as the Observer went to press, the male riders of the bike, aged 30 and 34 respectively, remained in a critical condition in hospital.
Lyndsay said: "I’m still shaken. We were all so lucky. Morgan could have easily died. At the time I thought she was dead because I couldn’t hear her crying and her pram was just crumpled with her in it - it was awful.
"Morgan has a big gash on her head and bruises all over but she is getting better now hopefully."
Police said two men - not wearing helmets - were riding a black quad bike down Augusta Street towards the junction with Clement Street – but collided with a lamp post, lost control of the vehicle and were flung into the air.
The crash has shocking similarities to the one that killed mother and baby Jackie and Jayden Bloomer in Accrington town centre earlier this year.
Joanne Gregson, 38, of Clement Street, said: "We were standing outside waiting for my other daughter to bring the keys to our house. The next thing we knew, there was a quad bike coming towards us. It lost balance, clipped the kerb and turned over. It hit my 18-year-old daughter Nicolle and my friend Lyndsay’s daughter Morgan who is 18 months old. Someone could have died."
Nicolle said: "The bike slipped over and all I remember was being knocked down. The pram with Morgan in it was crushed and the driver and passenger of the quad were lying in the road lifeless with blood round them."
Joanne said: "We could just see blood on the road coming from Morgan and could only think the worst but they reckon the pram saved her life.
"We don’t believe in religion but on Saturday afternoon someone up there was looking out for us."
Joanne said her young family has struggled since the incident.
Nicolle needed stitches in her mouth after the bike hit her in the face.
And her eight-year-old sister Demi-Jo suffered a fractured arm and bruising during the incident.
Joanne said: "We are not sleeping properly and it is on our minds constantly.
"We close our eyes and all we can see is the quad coming towards us."
Sergeant Gareth Hill from the Road Policing Unit said: "This is an ongoing investigation and I am appealing for anyone who may have any information or who may have been in the area at the time of collision to come forward and contact police.
"I am also interested in speaking with anyone who may have seen the quad bike in the short time leading up to the collision in the areas around Clement Street and Augusta Street.
"I would like to reassure the local community that the quad bike was not being pursued by police prior to the collision and that our involvement is deal with the aftermath.
"A full investigation is ongoing to establish the cause of the collision."
Police have appealed for any witnesses to call 08451 25 35 45 or 01254 51212.