Car crash telly comes to town

Firefighters at Leigh Fire Station carry out a road traffic accident demo for Crimewatch Roadshow
Firefighters at Leigh Fire Station carry out a road traffic accident demo for Crimewatch Roadshow

VIEWERS witnessed a horrifyingly realistic road smash live on TV as Wigan’s police and fire crews rushed to aid the “victims.”

The dramatic scenes were part of a 999 exercise at Leigh Fire Station for the BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow, shown yesterday morning, with presenter Sian Lloyd. The mock-up crash was part of Chief Fire Officers Association’s UK Road Safety Week, working in partnership with Greater Manchester Police and North West Ambulance Service.

Steve Sheridan, Wigan borough manager, said: “We used this as an opportunity to highlight the importance of road safety. BBC Crimewatch Roadshow used our technical rescue unit to show how we rescue people from car wreckages..

“We urge drivers not to take risks and to take extra care on the roads.”

GMP is doing two more live broadcasts in the region today and tomorrow.