Driver hurt in accident

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A MOTORIST needed to be cut out of his vehicle and was airlifted to hospital after an accident on a Wigan road.

Fire crews from Wigan, Leigh and Skelmersdale attended the scene after a man in his mid-30s veered off the M6 motorway and into a wooden fence.

The vehicle became embedded on the embankment and wooden stakes smashed through the front window in the incident which happened between junctions 26 and 27 northbound just before 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue, said: “The driver was by himself and is very lucky to escape without serious injury.

“If there had been a passenger, they could have been impaled by the wooden fence posts. We had to remove the entire roof of the car and part of the side to remove the victim in a stable fashion.”

The man was taken to Royal Preston Hospital by air ambulance with neck and upper leg injuries.