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Lancaster bridge collapse: One dead and 10 injured after vehicle plunges into river

One man has died and at least 10 people have sustained injuries after a vehicle and trailer fell into a river. Police were called at around 4:25 PM on Tuesday to the Moor Lane area after receiving a report of a serious accident on a farm east of Lancaster.

Reports stated 11 people were in a Polaris Ranger vehicle and the trailer it was pulling when it fell into a river after the bridge collapsed. 

Lancashire police issued a statement following the devastating accident.

It read: “A man has died and several others injured after a vehicle and trailer fell into a river when a bridge collapsed in Roeburndale.

“Police were called around 4.25pm today (Tuesday, January 18) to the Moor Lane area.”

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Deputy Inspector 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 a number of 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 and enquiries are ongoing to establish what happened.”

Police have appealed to the public to come forward with any information which could help the investigation.

Lancashire police have urged residents to come forward and call 101 quoting log 0953 of January 18.