Victim named after car crash

Head-on collision: Wood Lane, Heskin
Head-on collision: Wood Lane, Heskin

A Chorley dad who died in a head-on collision in Heskin has been named as Darren Jackett.

The 40-year-old is believed to be from the Croston area.

He died when the silver Ford Ka that he was travelling in collided with a Ford Transit minibus in Wood Lane, on Thursday evening.

Police, paramedics and fire crews raced to the scene, close to where the junction merges with Langton Brow, but the father-of-one was later pronounced dead at the Royal Preston Hospital.

A woman, thought to be Mr Jackett’s partner, was also in the car at the time and had to be cut free from the wreckage.

Tributes have started to pour in for Mr Jackett.

One shocked friend wrote: “R.I.P Darren. Everyone will miss your cheeky smile, God bless and thinking of your family. Sleep well xx.”

A second added: “R.I.P Darren. You were a good man and friend to people x”

Mr Jackett had described himself as just having turned 40 on his own Facebook profile and said he worked at Preston Business Centre making false limbs.

He wrote: “Been there 20 years now and love it. You might think that’s strange, but it’s a great job – very rewarding.”

He also proudly wrote about his son’s academic achievements at high school.

Special prayers for Darren and his family were said at Eccleston Methodist Church on Sunday.

The accident happened on a straight, where the speed limit changes from 40mph to 30mph.

Residents living close to the crash scene described how they heard a loud ‘thud’ at around 9.40pm on Thursday.

Watch manager Ian Turnbull, from Chorley Fire Station, said that two crews had been at the scene for around 90 minutes,

He added: “Suspected spinal injuries meant that the roof and one side of the car had to be removed using specialist hydraulic cutting gear in order to bring the woman out on a long board, a device to immobilise the spine and prevent the aggravation of any extra spinal trauma.”

The man driving the minibus is said to have escaped serious injury.