MOTORISTS in Wigan ground to a halt after a main road into the town was closed in both directions.
The emergency services were called to Wigan Lane, outside Wigan Infirmary, at 10.50am, after a four car crash.
It was understood that three vehicles ploughed into a car which had pulled up to park at the side of the road.
The last car in the pile-up - a red Citroen - suffered the main impact, with two women trapped inside.
Fire crews cut the roof off and the driver, thought to be in her 40s, was taken to hospital on a spinal board with neck, back and hip pain.
The passenger, plus another woman who was extricated from a different car were also taken to Wigan Infirmary.
Three other people, a woman and two men, declined hospital treatment.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said that all injuries were minor.
The road was open at 12.20pm.