Emmerdale: Aaron, Rhona, James and Paddy in a critical condition following car crash

A devastating pile-up left lives on the line in tonight's double bill of the ITV soap

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The lives of four Emmerdale favourites have been left hanging in the balance following a dramatic car crash during tonight’s episodes of the ITV soap.

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The fate of Aaron Dingle, Paddy Kirk, Rhona Goskirk and James Barton looks set to be decided on Friday, with fans already warned that at least one character will be meeting their maker.

Shock scenes saw James pushed from a road bridge 30 feet above the Hotton bypass by deranged wife Emma and land on Ashley’s car, causing it to flip over and crash.

This then proved to be the catalyst for a catastrophic chain of events that saw many villagers – who were all travelling on the same stretch of road at the time – to get caught in a multi-vehicle pile-up.

Aaron and Robert’s car ended up plunging into water, leaving the pair struggling to survive. Robert managed to rescue his partner, only for Aaron to be taken away in an ambulance, seemingly in an unresponsive condition.

Pierce came to Rhona’s aid and initially opted to leave Paddy to his fate, only to have a last-minute change of heart. Pierce was last seen swearing vengeance on Paddy should anything happen to Rhona as all three of them sped to hospital.

The only glimmer of hope came for James – his son Finn being told by doctors that he was going to be OK despite still being hooked up to tubes and machines.

But when Finn passed on the news to Emma about James’s condition, she didn’t look too happy to hear that her husband may be out of danger…

So, who will live and who is destined to die? Find out when Emmerdale returns tomorrow at 7pm on ITV.

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of Emmerdale below.

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