Child se­ri­ously hurt in mo­tor­way crash

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page - BY OLIVER CLAY oliver.clay@trin­i­tymir­ @oliv­er­clayRWWN

ACHILD was taken to hospi­tal with a se­ri­ous head in­jury after a three-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion on the M56 mo­tor­way at Run­corn.

The young­ster, who was eight years old, was taken to Alder Hey Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal as a ma­jor trauma ca­su­alty, North West Am­bu­lance Ser­vice said.

A Cheshire po­lice spokesman said the young­ster was re­ported to be in a sta­ble con­di­tion when of­fi­cers checked for an up­date at 7.55am on Mon­day. The child was a pas­sen­ger in a Re­nault mo­torhome in­volved in a col­li­sion with a green MAN truck and a red Nis­san Qashqai, on the west­bound car­riage­way be­tween junc­tion 11 Pre­ston Brook and junc­tion 12 Clifton, re­ported to emer­gency ser­vices at 12.50pm on Sun­day.

The smash hap­pened near junc­tion 12.

An el­derly woman who was a pas­sen­ger in the front of the Nis­san was taken to the Count­ess Of ● Ch­ester Hospi­tal to be treated for her in­juries and the driver, al­though not in­jured, went to the same hospi­tal as a pre­cau­tion.

Cheshire Fire And Res­cue Ser­vice said one ap­pli­ance from Run­corn, one from Frod­sham, one from War­ring­ton and one from Lymm at­tended after it re­ceived re­ports at 12.57pm.

A fe­male ca­su­alty had to be cut free dur­ing the op­er­a­tion.

The west­bound car­riage­way was shut un­til about 2.30pm while emer­gency ser­vices re­sponded to the in­ci­dent, and the east­bound was stopped briefly.

High­ways Eng­land said a di­ver­sion was in place.

The M56 mo­tor­way be­tween junc­tions 11 and 15 has been the sub­ject of spec­u­la­tion in re­cent years over whether fund­ing should be found to turn it into a ‘smart mo­tor­way’, fol­low­ing a spell of har­row­ing fa­tal col­li­sions and in­dus­trial in­ci­dents in­clud­ing a flam­ing tanker and a chem­i­cal leak.

The af­ter­math of the M56 col­li­sion

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