Driver in hospital after car hits lamppost

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A MOTORIST is in hospital with serious injuries after his car collided with a lamppost and a stationary vehicle.

Emergency services were called to Manchester Road in Tyldesley at around 6.20am on Friday and found a Renault Megane had hit the lamppost and a Peugeot.

The driver had his foot trapped and firefighters began using cutting equipment to free him but he then managed to get free and started trying to get out of the car.

Firefighters assisted paramedics to rescue him from the wrecked vehicle and he was taken to Salford Royal Hospital with suspected broken legs and bleeding.

Crew manager Ian Murray from Atherton fire station said: “Paramedics were already there when we arrived so we started removing the doors but he then decided to get out of the car himself.

“The car was quite a mess.”

Manchester Road had to be shut in both directions near Elliott Street while the incident was investigated and the scene made safe.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) reported on social media the road re-opened at around 8.30am.

The incident is now being investigated by Greater Manchester Police (GMP).