Man suffers serious head injuries after car crashes into field and catches fire in Wyre

A man has suffered serious head injuries after a car overturned, crashed into a field and caught fire in the Wyre.

By Matthew Calderbank
Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 10:57 am
Updated Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 11:06 am

The crash happened in Blackpool Road (A586), St-Michael's-on-Wyre at 6.15pm yesterday (Monday, March 30).

Emergency services rushed to the scene where a car was found upside down and ablaze in a field.

It is not known how many occupants where in the car, but one man has been taken to hospital after suffering serious head injuries.

He is currently in a critical condition at Royal Preston Hospital.

Police said the driver has since been arrested on suspicion of drug driving and dangerous driving.

Fire crews from Garstang and Blackpool remained at the scene for around an hour and used 60 litres of foam to extinguish the blaze.

Prior to the arrival of paramedics, police officers used trauma skills to treat the driver, whilst firefighters also administered first-aid to a casualty.

Police at the scene of the crash on the A586 Blackpool Road in St-Michaels-on-Wyre yesterday evening (March 30)

A fire service spokesman said: "At 6.16pm, two fire engines from Garstang and Blackpool attended a road traffic collision in Blackpool Road, St-Michaels-on-Wyre.

"On arrival crews found one vehicle which had left the roadway and was found upside down in a field and on fire.

"Crews used two breathing apparatus, two hose reels, 60 litres of foam and a thermal imaging camera to extinguish the fire.

"Firefighters administered first-aid to one casualty. Firefighters were at the scene for approximately one hour."

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"A man has suffered serious head injuries and has been taken to Royal Preston Hospital."

Police were forced to close the A586 between St Michael's and Greater Eccleston for four hours before the road reopened at 10.30pm.

Following the crash, Lancashire Road Police urged people not to drive unless absolutely essential.

"This is one of the reasons we want to limit your road journeys at the moment, so we don’t burden the NHS," tweeted an officer.

"Colleagues used trauma skills at the scene to treat the driver, placing themselves at risk. The journey was clearly not essential."