A man was left fighting for his life after being blown into the path of an oncoming taxi by gale force winds.
Police said the man, thought to be in his 60s, was caught off balance by a gust of wind in Blackpool’s New Bonny Street around 9.20pm on Saturday.
Firefighters said they had to lift up the ‘bomber-style’ cab to free the man who had become trapped underneath it.
Last night police described his condition as “critical”.
With wind speeds reaching 50mph, police were forced to close the Promenade for several hours amid warnings of flooding.
A woman working at Coral Island said: “I didn’t actually see it but I heard he got blown into the road and the taxi ran over him.
Another woman who was also working nearby, said: “I heard the man became trapped under the vehicle and got dragged along for a short distance before it came to a stop.”
Crew manager Martin Ball, from Blackpool fire station, said his team spent 45 minutes at the scene trying to free the man.
He said: “We were called to help the paramedics remove the man from the vehicle.
“We had to use high-pressure airbags to lift up the vehicle so the man could be freed.
“This man’s injuries are severe, there are no two ways about it.”
Last night police were still working to identify the man, who is thought to be a visitor to the resort rather than a local.
A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “As a result of wind, a man was blown into the road and into the path of an oncoming taxi.
“We are trying to identify him, although we believe him to be a visitor to the town.
“I urge anyone who saw the incident to come forward and contact police on 101.”
Paramedics took the man to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for treatment.