Crash driver fights for life

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A FYLDE coast motorist is fighting for his life in hospital after a horror motorway crash.

The 25-year-old from Cleveleys suffered serious head and chest injuries after colliding with the rear of a lorry on the M6 northbound.

He remains in a critical condition in hospital following the collision, which happened between Junction 18 at Holmes Chapel and Junction 19 near Over Tabley in Cheshire, near to the border with Staffordshire.

Police, fire and ambulance crews attended the scene of the crash, between the black Seat Leon and a white DAF lorry, around 5am on Sunday – although officers have only now revealed the victim was from the Fylde coast.

Firefighters, who found the man’s car wedged underneath the lorry, used specialist cutting equipment to rescue the driver from the wreckage.

Mark Bushell, fire officer with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, told The Gazette: “On arrival we confirmed there was one male physically trapped and we requested the attendance of an ambulance.

“It was a serious entrapment – the passenger cabin had gone under the heavy goods vehicle. All we could see was the rear windscreen and the boot of the car.

“Lanes one and two of the M6 northbound were closed.

“We used heavy cutting equipment to cut away at the vehicle, we cut away at the rear and side of the car.

“We then used a long board to get the driver out of the car.

“It was a very difficult and complex rescue which required a real team endeavour.

“By 6.40am, the casualty had been rescued and handed over into the care of the ambulance.”

One fire engine from Sandbach, two from Winsford, one from Knutsford and one from Holmes Chapel were all sent to the scene of the crash.

The injured driver of the car was taken to North Staffordshire Hospital.

Officers are now asking for anyone who may have seen the crash to come forward.

A spokesman for Cheshire Police added: “We are appealing for any witnesses to a collision on the M6 northbound between Junction 18 and 19.

“The driver of the Seat Leon, a 25-year-old man from Cleveleys, was taken to North Staffordshire Hospital with serious injuries. He remains in a critical condition. Anyone who witnessed the collision should contact the Cheshire Police Motorway Unit on 101 quoting incident number 285 of July 15.”