Businesses in Burnley forced to close after van crashes into shops (From Burnley and Pendle Citizen)
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Businesses in Burnley forced to close after van crashes into shops
BUSINESSES were forced to close after a van veered off the road following a collision with a ‘runaway’ HGV.
The white Ford Transit van careered into the front of shops in Colne Road, Burnley, after it hit the side of a parked lorry, which had begun rolling into the road.
Nobody was in the HGV at the time of the crash.
The elderly driver of the Ford Transit van suffered cuts and bruises to his face after a window smashed, and shock.
The incident happened at about 8.40pm on Tuesday, and police closed a section of Colne Road until 11.30pm while they investigated.
A spokesman said yesterday that no further action was being taken.
Mobile World and S2S Computers took the main impact of the crash, and both shops were closed yesterday, with damage to the signs and doors.
An empty building also suffered some damage when the HGV rolled into it, but another shop, second-hand outlet Shondhan, escaped any damage.
Owner Jaifor Ali said: “There is no sign of damage to the outside of our building and I don’t think we have any structural damage either, although we will be getting it checked.
“It looks like we’ve avoided most of the damage.
“The shop was closed when the crash happened but we are now open as usual.”
Following the crash, a family dog, which had been sitting on the passenger seat of the Ford Transit van, jumped out of the smashed window and ran off.
Emma Plowright, the grand-daughter of the driver, said: “The dog is a black and white Jack Russell called Nipper.
“When the window smashed following the impact he jumped out. We spent a lot of the night searching for him, but we couldn’t find him.
“Nipper has been in the family for years so we are desperate to get him back.
“If anybody finds him in the area we would be grateful if they could get in touch with us, the police, or the council dog warden.”
Anybody who finds Nipper can call Emma’s mum, Wendy, on 07875 312993.