Roads clear after chaos-causing crash

Crash on Chapel Lane. Picture by Anthony Hammond
Crash on Chapel Lane. Picture by Anthony Hammond

WIGAN town centre is clear again after a busy crossroads was closed following a nasty collision.

Fire crews and paramedics attended the scene at the junction of Chapel Lane and Queen Street near to The Range store after the crash between a Citroen Picasso and a Vauxhall Astra at around 1.30pm.

The scene of the crash near to the junction outside The Range

The scene of the crash near to the junction outside The Range

An elderly disabled woman was trapped in the Citroen when fire crews from Wigan station arrived and they removed the back passenger door to get her out.

She had banged her head on the window and was taken to hospital along with the male driver. Another female passenger was injured but did not require hospital treatment.

It is unclear how many people were in the other car but there was a three-month-old baby and at least two other passengers.

One of the passengers told the Wigan Evening Post that they had been on their way to a birthday meal when the crash happened.

The woman, who didn’t want to be named, said: “I didn’t see what happened, I was talking to the baby who is only three-months-old. We were on our way out for a meal for a birthday.”

She said the baby was unharmed and although shaken she was not injured.

A police spokesman said no one had sustained major injuries and that they were unsure what had caused the crash.

Traffic was backed up in both directions on Chapel Lane while the cars and debris were cleared from the road.