Dragged from car after horror crash

Crash on Normoss Road between a Porsche Boxter and a Golf GTI on December 4 2011
Crash on Normoss Road between a Porsche Boxter and a Golf GTI on December 4 2011

A MAN has told how he helped pull an injured driver from his burning vehicle following an horrific crash.

A Porsche Boxster and a Golf GTI were involved in the collision on Normoss Road, Poulton at around 1.40pm yesterday.

Fire crews, ambulance and police headed to the scene after the Golf burst into flames, leaving the inured driver trapped inside.

Members of the public rushed to the man’s aid, pulling him from the wreckage to safety.

The driver of the Golf, a 48-year-old Blackpool man, was taken to Victoria Hospital suffering from suspected spinal injuries and a broken leg.

Shock

The driver of the Porsche suffered a cut leg but was otherwise unharmed.

Frank Frayling, a local resident who helped the man from the wreckage, spoke of his shock at the incident.

He said: “My wife and I heard a huge bang and when we looked out of the window we could see a car on fire.

“We could hear a man screaming so I ran to help as my wife called for an ambulance.

“There was thick, acrid black smoke coming from the car, two other men also rushed to help the man as he couldn’t move to get out.

“I put my hand behind his neck to support him and he was bleeding.

“We were worried about moving him as he was screaming in pain but we couldn’t have left him in the car.

“We put him on the pavement but then had to move him further away as the fire got much worse.

“It all happened so quickly.”

Police closed off the road as two fire crews worked to extinguish the blaze.

Permission was sought for the air ambulance to land in the surrounding fields but it was deemed unnecessary by emergency crews.

The road remained closed for just under two hours as the vehicles and debris were removed.

Glenn Thwaites, crew manager from Blackpool fire station, said: “This was a nasty accident which resulted in one of the cars setting on fire.

“Members of the public helped get the driver of the Golf out.

“He was badly hurt and going into shock, we helped to put him onto a long board and gave him some oxygen to help calm him down.”

Mr Frayling added: “In general, some cars race along this road at enormous speeds.

“I do think a speed camera should be installed.

“There is also a lot of standing water on the road, it is a worry because lots of children walk this way to school.”

Another neighbour, who did not want to give his name, added: “People do drive very fast along here.

“There have been three accidents on the road in the last six months.”

A police investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.