A CALLOUS hit-and-run driver was being hunted by police today after a badly-injured taxi driver was trapped in the wreckage of his car by a road smash.
Two fire crews with hydraulic equipment were needed to release the stricken driver whose passenger was rushed to hospital by paramedics after the collision in Scholes on Friday morning.
The unnamed driver, who was taken to trauma specialists at Salford Royal hospital with a suspected broken hip, was eventually freed by the firefighters’ equipment.
Police are now appealing for witnesses to help find the occupants of the other car involved.
Watch manager from Wigan fire station Craig Cubbins said: “We had two crews and nine officers working between 3am and 5am to get the driver of the taxi out of his vehicle.
“Hydraulic equipment and a winch were needed to pull apart the two cars. It was a side-on impact at the junction and it appeared as if the driver of the taxi had borne the brunt of the impact on his side of the car.
“He was trapped inside for near enough two hours until we could get him out safely.”
Greater Manchester Police confirmed that officers were called to the scene of the road traffic collision at the junction of Scholes and Vauxhall Road at just after 3am.
A spokesman said: “The two vehicles involved were a black Vauxhall Insignia, the taxi, and the other car was a blue Citroen Zara Picasso.
“When officers arrived at the scene, there was no-one in the other vehicle and therefore we are asking for any witnesses to come forward who can help us identify who was present.
“The passenger in the taxi sustained leg injuries and was taken to Wigan Infirmary.
“The taxi driver had suffered a possible broken hip and other lower limb impact injuries. His condition was not life-threatening.”
Anyone who was in the Scholes area who witnessed the collision or saw anyone heading away from the junction of Scholes and Vauxhall Road in the early hours of Friday is asked to contact Wigan police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.