Church Lawton crash could have been caused by puddle
POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a pensioner was seriously injured in a head-on car crash.
The collision, between a Volkswagen Sharan and a Rover 45 happened in Linley Lane, Church Lawton and may have been caused by a puddle.
A 66-year-old female passenger, who has not been named, sustained serious injuries to her back and a broken leg, and had to be cut free from the Rover by firefighters.
She was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire along with the car's driver by ambulance.
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A North West Air Ambulance also attended the scene of the accident, which happened at around 8.30am yesterday and also involved a van.
The male driver of the Sharan was said to be suffering from shock but was not seriously injured.
Seventeen-year-old Liam Worrad described how he became aware of the accident when the air ambulance passed over his house on nearby Linley Road.
The supermarket worker said: "It looked like a really bad crash. The firemen had to cut the woman out of the car.
"They covered her in a blanket and put her in the ambulance. It was quite scary."
Mr Worrad said it was his understanding that a car had lost control after hitting a large puddle near a bridge on the lane.
He said: "That stretch of road can be quite bad. It's bumpy and people usually drive around the ditch to avoid the puddle.
"There haven't been any accidents there for a while so this was quite a shock.
"It sounds like the car hit the puddle, aquaplaned and spun off and hit the other car head on. It looked pretty serious."
Police closed the stretch of the A5011 outside Cardway Business Park for around three hours while they cleared the scene. The road was reopened by 12noon.
A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said: "We received a call at 8.22am regarding a two-car road traffic collision.
"One female passenger was trapped in the car and both she and the driver were taken to hospital.
"The passenger suffered from injuries to her back and had a suspected broken leg."
Police are now urging witnesses to come forward.
A spokesman for Cheshire Constabulary said: "A white panel van also appears to have been involved but was not damaged and the driver suffered no injuries."
Witnesses should call police on 101.