Man seriously injured after car engulfed in flames in crash on major road near Bolton

By Thomas George

A man has been seriously injured after a crash on a major road near Bolton.

Emergency services were called to Blackburn Road, north of Egerton, at 1.16am today (Wednesday, September 15) following reports a Toyota Corolla had come off the carriageway.

The vehicle was travelling northbound near to the approach to Stones Bank Road when it crashed.

No other vehicles are thought to have been involved.

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When firefighters arrived, they found the car engulfed in flames.

The driver, a man in his 20s from Brierfield in Lancashire, suffered serious injuries to his head, chest and hip.

He is currently in hospital, although police say his condition is not 'life-threatening'.

Blackburn Road was closed for several hours following the smash, but reopened at about 8am.

Officers are now appealing for witnesses or anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage to come forward.

Sgt Craig Salmon, of Lancashire Police's East Tactical Operations, said: “This incident has resulted in a man suffering some quite serious injuries and my thoughts are with him and his family at this time.

“We are now working to establish a fuller picture of what occurred.

"I would ask any witnesses or anybody with CCTV or dashcam footage which could assist our investigation to get in contact with police as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information can email 3837@lancashire.police.uk or call 101, quoting log 0063 of September 15, 2021.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service added: "At 1.15am on 15th September, two fire engines from Darwen attended a road traffic collision on Stones Bank Road in Darwen.

"The incident involved a single vehicle.

"When crews arrived, the vehicle in question had left the roadway and was well alight.

"One casualty received treatment from North West Ambulance Service paramedics.

"Firefighters used one breathing apparatus and one hose reel at this incident. They were in attendance for one and a half hours."

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