A motorist is in critical condition in hospital after a serious crash on the B676 in the north of the county last night (Monday January 10).
The casualty, who is in his 30s, was taken to the major trauma unit at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre with what are described as “life-threatening injuries”.
Emergency services, including the fire andambulance services, were called to a stretch of the road near the village of Old Dalby, in Melton district, east of the A46 Six Hills junction, shortly after 10pm, said Leicestershire Police.
Detectives from the force’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU) confirmed that a 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of “causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drink or drugs”.
He remains in police custody as inquiries into the crash continue.
A stretch of the B676 Six Hills Lane, between the A6006 crossroads with Shoby Lane and Perkins Lane, was shut to traffic during the rescue and recovery operation.
It remained closed this morning – more than 12 hours after the incident – as crash investigators continued to examine the scene for evidence.
A police spokesman said: “At around 10.20pm, yesterday, a report was received that a blue Peugeot 306 had left the road on the B676 Six Hills Lane, close to the junction with Lawn Lane, between Old Dalby and Grimston.
“The driver – a man in his 30s – was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham to be treated for injuries that are both life-threatening and life-changing.
He added: “Following early inquiries, a 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drink or drugs.
“He remains in custody at this time.”
Crash investigators are appealing to anyone who witnessed the crash, or saw either the Blue Peugeot or a red Vauxhall Corsa in the area in the area shortly before the incident, to get in touch.
They would particularly like to hear from motorists with dashcam footage that could help with their inquiries.
Detective Sergeant Paul Hawkins, from the SCIU, said: “I would like to speak to any motorists who were in the area and either saw or captured the blue Peugeot on a dashcam.
“The car may have been travelling with a red Vauxhall Corsa and I am asking anyone who saw either vehicle to get in touch.”
He added: “Likewise, I’d like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision but has not yet contacted police.
“Any information you have, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, could help us establish what happened.”
The road remains closed.
Anyone with information is urged to call the 101 police number. Callers should quote incident number 542 of Monday January 10.
Alternatively, officers can be contacted through the force website.
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Motorist in critical condition after serious collision on B676