A MAN is fighting for his life after a Wigan housing estate road smash.
The 49-year-old pedestrian initially appeared not to be too badly hurt after the accident in Redwood Avenue, Orrell.
But three hours later his condition took a drastic turn for the worse in hospital and he is now said to be critically ill.
Onlookers, including motorists, rushed to help the stricken man following the crash near Redwood’s junction with Brook Lane, at around 5.30pm on Tuesday.
His head struck the windscreen of a black Ford Focus during the collision.
He was taken to Wigan Infirmary for treatment but then shortly before 9pm medics contacted traffic police to say his condition had deteriorated severely.
The unnamed casualty was transferred to the specialist neurosurgical unit of Salford Royal Hospital and he is now on a life support machine in a drug-induced coma.
Redwood Avenue resident Roy Atherton said: “I must have driven past just a couple of minutes after it happened.
“There were two cars that had stopped and a man was sitting up in the middle of the road with a blanket over him.
“He was looking dazed but there were several people looking after him and at that moment the fast response ambulance arrived. I’m terribly sorry to hear that the gentlemen is now very ill.”
A police spokesman said: “Officers were called to Redwood Avenue, Orrell, at 5.28pm on Thursday after it was reported that there had been a collision between a car and a pedestrian.
“Although his head was bleeding the incident initially did not appear to be very serious, but at 8.50pm we received a message that his condition had deteriorated and it is now critical and life-threatening.”
No details have been given of the Ford Focus driver.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.