Wesham crash sees Mercedes driver arrested and passenger seriously injured

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A 25-year-old was arrested while another man in his 20s remains in a serious condition in hospital.

A man in his 20s was taken to hospital in a serious condition after a stolen car crashed into a tree in Wesham on Wednesday (December 20).

The 25-year-old driver, from nearby Newton, was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, being in charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink or drugs, aggravated vehicle taking and driving with excess alcohol and drugs.

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Emergency services were called to the scene of the crash in Fleetwood Road near Aldi at 4.50pm, where the injured passenger was rescued from a wrecked Mercedes C220 by fire crews. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

The casualty, from Kirkham, suffered serious leg injuries and remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition, said Lancashire Police.

Three fire engines from Blackpool, South Shore and Wesham attended and firefighters worked at the scene for two hours, using a Milwaukee reciprocating saw and a Holmatro tool to cut the injured passenger free from the vehicle.

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Lancashire Police are now appealing for witnesses and CCTV footage.

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A police spokesperson said: "Our officers were called to Fleetwood Road at 4.50pm on Wednesday (20th of December 2023) to reports a Mercedes C220 had collided with a tree.

"One of the passengers, a man in his 20s from Kirkham, suffered serious leg injuries. He was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

"A 25-year-old man from Newton was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, being in charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink or drugs, aggravated vehicle taking and driving with excess alcohol and drugs."

Sgt Tom Malley, of our Road Policing Unit, added: “This collision has left a man seriously injured and we are working to establish exactly what caused it, our thought are very much with him and his family at this time.

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"Although we have made an arrest our enquiries are very much ongoing. I would ask anybody who saw the vehicle or has CCTV/dashcam which captures it in the minutes before the collision to contact the police as soon as possible.”

You can email  [email protected] or call 101 quoting log 969 of December 20, 2023.