A PENSIONER went to hospital with serious injuries after a fall her family say was caused by a car being left blocking a narrow pavement.
Relatives of Gladys Anderton, from Platt Bridge, responded angrily after she fell heavily trying to get between a silver Peugeot and a freshwater drain outside her home.
Mrs Anderton, of Walthew Lane, spent almost eight hours in Wigan Infirmary with injuries including a broken right arm, a fractured left arm, a broken nose and large cuts to her face following the incident last week.
Her family said the car had been parked with all four wheels on the pavement for around seven weeks and claimed it should have been towed away for causing an obstruction, but the owner subsequently told police officers it had broken down.
Christine Edwardson, whose partner is Mrs Anderton’s son, said: “She’s in a really bad way, I couldn’t believe how she looked when I went to visit her.
“She’s fallen because of the obstruction and she’s smashed her head against the side of the car.”
Mrs Anderton, 75, said she had walked past the drain as the only other option was to step into a busy bus lane on the road.
She also said the hospital told her it would take around seven weeks to recover from her injuries.
Officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) traced the owner of the vehicle and informed him it was causing an obstruction. He said he did not have enough money to repair the vehicle and assured police officers he would ensure it was no longer in a hazardous position.