Girl hurt in M55 crash to leave hospital

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A seven-year-old girl who miraculously escaped unhurt after being flung from a car on the M55 was expected to be released from hospital today.

The girl was travelling in a Daewoo Matiz with two other children and two adults.

The accident happened when the car lost a wheel, span out of control, hit the central reservation and careered across the eastbound carriageway at 6pm on Sunday.

She was thrown through the car’s shattered rear window, but escaped with cuts and bruises, police said.

She was flown by North West Air Ambulance to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and later transferred to Manchester Children’s Hospital, where she was kept in overnight on Sunday for observation.

Two other girls, who are sisters, an eight-year-old and a nine-year-old, also escaped from the accident with minor injuries.

They were both understood to be back home with their father in Oxford Road, St Annes today.

The nine-year-old suffered bruising and whiplash injuries.

The eight-year-old suffered numerous cuts and bruises. The 42-year-old driver, the mother of the two older girl, was also largely unhurt.

They were all taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment. The motorway was closed for around three hours on Sunday to allow the air ambulance to land on the carriageway.

All three westbound lanes were also closed due to the crash, causing long delays, and re-opened shortly after 9pm.

Investigations into the cause of the accident are ongoing.