A MAN was left with serious internal injuries following a major collision in Great Harwood on Wednesday.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the three-vehicle incident, which happened at around 8.30am on Blackburn Old Road.
The 35-year-old man, who works in Great Harwood, and was driving a grey Lotus Elise, was airlifted to Royal Blackburn Hospital with serious internal and chest injuries and was then transferred to Wythenshawe Hospital. His condition is described as critical.
The man was taken to intensive care following emergency surgery.
The road was closed for around five hours to allow accident investigation and police are appealing for witnesses.
The Lotus was travelling along Blackburn Old Road towards Great Harwood when it was involved in a collision with a green Ford Fiesta travelling in the opposite direction. A silver Fiat Stilo travelling behind then collided with the Fiesta.
The driver of the Fiesta, a 57-year-old woman from Great Harwood, was taken by road ambulance to Royal Blackburn Hospital with a broken left leg.
The driver of the Stilo, also from the Great Harwood area, suffered minor injuries and was treated in hospital for shock.
Fire crews from Hyndburn and Great Harwood had to cut free the two drivers involved in the initial impact, made more difficult because the Lotus had ended up hitting a tree.
Watch Manager Phil Whittaker said: "It was a nasty incident. There was quite a lot of carnage and we had to prioritise who we were going to help first and who was most critical."
Anyone with information can contact police on: 08451 253 545.