OAP is cut free after car veers into Biddulph garden on Princess Street
A PENSIONER had to be cut free from his car following a collision which saw one vehicle plough through a fence and into a garden.
Emergency services were called to Princess Street, Biddulph, yesterday afternoon after receiving reports of a two-car smash.
Firefighters from the town's station used cutting equipment to remove the doors of one vehicle in order to release the male driver who is thought to be in his 70s.
He was placed on a spinal board before being taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
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Police say the man's injuries are not serious.
The female driver of the other car suffered minor injuries to her hand.
The crash at around 2.50pm involved a Citroen Saxo and a Peugeot, which ended up in the garden of grandmother-of-five Joan Sproson's home.
Mrs Sproson, who has lived at the property for 13 years, said: "I was in at the time and I just heard a bang.
"I went outside to see what had happened and I just saw a car in the garden.
"As you can imagine, I was surprised to see it there.
"There was a few people about at the time. It is quite a busy junction in the town."
The 78-year-old has now contacted Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, which owns the property, to request new fence panels.
Teenager Jack Barlow, who lives on Highfield Road West opposite the scene of the crash, also saw the drama unfold.
The 19-year-old, who works at Alton Towers, said: "I was at home and heard a really loud smash.
"I looked out and saw a car in somebody's garden.
"It seemed like police cars and the ambulance were there straight away.
"The fire brigade was also quickly on the scene."
Jack says he saw firefighters remove the doors to the car in order to free the trapped pensioner while the passenger spoke to paramedics.
Jack added: "I think the passenger in the Peugeot was a teenager and it looked like he was in shock. I haven't really known a crash happen here in about two years but it is a busy stretch of road."
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "One female had minor injuries to her hand and an elderly gentleman aged in his 70s had to be cut free by the fire brigade.
"He was put on a spinal board and given a neck brace as a precaution and was transferred to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire by ambulance.
"Fortunately, his injuries were not serious."
The crash closed Princess Street for around an hour.