Hyndburn mayor Paul Barton was seriously injured in a ‘horrifying’ car collision on Friday (May 14) night.
Councillor Paul Barton from Oswaldtwistle, suffered head, chest, neck, back, arm and leg injuries in the smash in Blackburn.
The car he was travelling in with his wife Sarah, and mayoral attendant Jayne Carmody, was hit from behind while waiting at traffic lights on the way to a formal engagement.
The 36-year-old father-of-two remains in the Royal Preston Hospital while doctors assess the full extent of his injuries.
Mrs Barton and Mrs Carmody, who was driving, suffered whiplash and are recovering at home.
Mrs Barton said: "He’s in excruciating pain on his back and his chest and he’s numb on part of his left side.
"The doctors are checking out his spine.
"That’s all they’ll tell us at the moment.
"They’re taking it on a day-to-day basis."
Mrs Barton said that she was confident her husband would make a full recovery.
She said: "He’s still his normal self, it just depends on his pain relief. If he knows he’s got visitors he’ll take less pain relief so he can talk to us, but he’s in agony. It’s really upsetting.
"He’ll get better though. He always bounces back."
Mrs Barton told of the moment the accident happened.
She said: "We were at some traffic lights and the driver behind us failed to stop.
"It was a major impact. We took the full force of it. It was pretty horrifying.
"I just went into automatic shock.
"I wasn’t aware of anything really going on around me. I’m still in a lot of pain."
The emergency services were called and the trio were taken by ambulance to the Royal Blackburn Hospital.
Mrs Barton and Mrs Carmody were released straight away but Mr Barton was transferred to the Royal Preston Hospital for further treatment.
Mrs Barton said: " It’s been a very difficult time and we really appreciate the help all our family and friends have given us."
The official mayor’s awards at Accrington Town Hall on Monday night had to be cancelled as a result of Councillor Barton’s injuries, as did Hyndburn Council’s AGM.
Council leader Peter Britcliffe said: "Our best wishes do go to Paul and Sarah and also to Jayne, who was the mayor’s driver that evening. It’s been a bad experience for Paul. I understand he has been undergoing tests in Preston hospital and we wish him a speedy recovery."
Labour group leader Councillor Miles Parkinson said: "Our thoughts are with the mayor Paul, Sarah and Jayne who were involved in a car accident while facilitating civic duties on behalf of the borough."
Accrington police said that enquiries into the incident are ongoing.