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Woman hit by car driven by husband

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An elderly woman was airlifted to hospital after being hit by a car driven by her husband at a Blackpool petrol station.

Shocked onlookers watched as an air ambulance landed by the car park at Morrisons, off Squires Gate Lane, just yards from where paramedics were treating the woman for “extensive” leg injuries.

Police believe she got out of the car to pay at the kiosk before her husband lost control of the vehicle.

Two fire engines, an ambulance and three police cars – one of them an unmarked vehicle – arrived on the scene where the silver car had crashed into a sign outside the station kiosk.

Sgt Jon Allwright, of the Western Road Policing Unit, said: “A lady was knocked over by a car and she has got extensive injuries to her lower leg.

“However the paramedics are happy that she is with the right people and is in the right place.

“There will be a police investigation, looking at CCTV footage and given the time of day there were people around who saw what happened.”

The woman, believed to be in her 80s, was taken to the trauma unit at Royal Preston Hospital, while her husband was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital to be checked over after suffering minor injuries.

It is understood he has since been released to visit his wife in hospital.

One bystander said: “I was in McDonald’s and heard the crash. It looked like they had just been going too fast for the corner.”

Another, who was among those looking on as paramedics treated the woman on the station forecourt, said: “I didn’t actually see it but maybe he lost control and just accelerated forward.”

A North West Air Ambulance spokesman said: “We can confirm we were called out to an incident involving a woman in her 80s with suspected trauma.”

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