Car crashes into front of popular Wigan restaurant

The scene of the crash
The scene of the crash

A man was seriously injured when a car hit the front of a restaurant this morning.

A police spokesman said the vehicle hit the Olive Garden, on Preston Road, Standish, at 6.20am, and landed on its roof.

Emergency services attended and found a man with serious injuries, who was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment.

An ambulance service spokesman said the man, who is in his mid 20s, suffered injuries to his neck and back.

Preston Road was closed to traffic for several hours between Coppull Moor Lane and Pepper Lane.

Photographs of the damaged restaurant and car have been posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

The post said the man walked out of the car, but it has since been confirmed by official sources that he was badly injured.

An inspector was called to check on the building, which was badly damaged in the crash.

Fortunately, the restaurant was deemed to be safe and it will be back to business as usual at 5pm - though customers will have to use an entrance at the rear of the building.

A post on the restaurant’s Facebook page said: “Clean up has started! Building structure been assessed and although heavily damaged it’s been passed as safe. We have a big clean up to follow and we will be open at 5pm today.”

The restaurant thanked Wigan Council and the local community for their support.

Police enquiries are continuing to establish what happened.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident 341 of August 24.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.