THREE people were taken to hospital after two vehicles collided forcing a road to be shut.
Two people had to be cut from their car following the incident on Wigan Road in Leigh at around 7pm on Saturday.
Fire crews from Hindley and Leigh, including a specialist unit with cutting equipment, were called to the scene after an Audi and a modified VW collided on a stretch of road near The Tamar pub.
The two occupants of the Audi were trapped and crews had to cut the roof off to get them out on longboards. Both were suffering suspected spinal injuries and one also had a possible broken femur.
The driver of the other vehicle managed to get out of his vehicle before the emergency services arrived but was treated by paramedics as he had severe facial injuries.
All three were taken to Wigan Infirmary. None of the injuries are life-threatening.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) closed the road for around an hour while the rescue took place.
Watch manager Mike Wilding from Hindley fire station said: “We had to cut the roof off the Audi to get the two lads out and extricate them using cutting equipment.
“We used the longboards to get the patients out and we took every precaution with there being possible spinal and neck injuries.
“We got them out as quickly as we could but also in a controlled manner to ensure there were no further injuries sustained.”