A WAR veteran was killed and a family taken to hospital suffering from shock after a crash on Accrington's A56 by-pass.
Harry Hindle, 81, from Paythorne, in the Ribble Valley, skidded into the central reservation of the south-bound motorway near Huncoat at 10.30am on Monday and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police believe Mr Hindle, who was driving a Mazda, turned into the path of a Land Rover Defender in the outside lane, causing the Land Rover to swerve sideways.
The passengers in the Land Rover, a married couple and their baby from Colne, escaped injury but were taken by ambulance to Burnley General Hospital suffering from shock.
Sergeant Pete Sculpher of Accrington Traffic Police, said the by-pass was closed for three hours, causing major delays as traffic was diverted through Accrington.
PS Sculpher said: "It seems as if the Mazda pulled out into lane one and then moved into lane two into the path of the Land Rover, possibly as if he was turning onto the northbound carriageway.
"Luckily we managed to close the road quickly and we have been carrying out tests to determine exactly what happened."
Mr Hindle's wife, Shirley, said: "Harry was a veteran during the war and then had a riding school in the New Forest.
"He was a respected international show judge and senior examiner for the British Horse Society. He was an inspiration to hundreds of pony club members and latterly worked as an equestrian expert witness.
"Harry was a lover of all country pursuits and will be sadly missed by all his family and friends."