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Catherina Cunnane
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Man dies and several injured after vehicle towing trailer falls into river

A man has died, and several others are injured after a vehicle and trailer fell into a river when a bridge collapsed in the UK.

Police were alerted to the scene at Roeburndale after 4 pm yesterday (Tuesday, January 18th) to the Moor Lane area following a report of a “serious accident” on a farm.

A source told police that a Polaris Ranger vehicle pulling a trailer had fallen into a river when a bridge collapsed.

According to a statement from Lancashire Police, eleven people were in the ranger vehicle and trailer at the time of the incident.

Emergency services, including police, ambulance crews, fire crews and mountain rescue, attended the scene.

A police spokesperson said:

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“Sadly, one man suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.”

“A second man suffered a serious head injury and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment.”

“A third person has suffered a serious back injury and was taken to Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Others who are injured have also been taken to Royal Lancaster Infirmary.”

Police implemented road closures and expect them to continue for “some time”.

It has launched an investigation into the circumstances around the incident. Furthermore, it has also informed the Health and Safety Executive.

‘Very sad and tragic’ incident

Det Insp Kirsty Wyatt, of Lancashire Police, said:

“My thoughts are very much with all those involved in what is a very sad and tragic incident.”

“One man has sadly died, and several people have suffered serious injuries.”

“At this time, we believe the vehicle was pulling the trailer, containing a number of people, when a bridge gave way. Those people were then thrown from the vehicle and trailer.”

“Our investigation is at very early stages. Enquiries are ongoing to establish what happened.”

Anyone with information can call 101 quoting log 0953 of January 18th.

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