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Woman Escapes Death From Overturned Lorry

A female driver had a miracle escape yesterday after an overturned lorry weighing 40-tonne crushed her car.

The lorry flipped on its side blocking all three lanes for more than eight hours, forcing thousands of motorists to take alternative routes.

Miraculously the woman walked away from the accident with minor cuts to her hands. The
accident happened yesterday morning between junctions 29 and 28 on the M6 between Lockstall Hall and Leyland, Preston, Lancashire.

Crew members from Bamber Bridge fire station, Lancashire attended the scene to free the woman who was trapped insider her BMW One Series Saloon that was pinned against a grass verge under the cab of the lorry.

He said: ““If it had been a foot further towards the back of the car, it could have been far worse.

“For both the driver of the car and the driver of the lorry to walk away relatively unhurt is miraculous.”

It is believed the lorry driver lost control of the vehicle after braking hard. When the Police attended the scene, the lorry was found lying on its side leaking oil and petrol.

Sgt Sean Cunningham of Lancashire Police said: “Whenever you attend an incident like that, you prepare yourself for the worst, particularly when you see the level of damage which has been caused.

“For the level of injuries to be as relatively minor as they were is quite phenomenal.

“It is quite amazing that the driver of the car and the lorry were able to walk away from the accident, they have both been very fortunate.”

Over 600 cars were trapped behind the accident, at 1:30 pm Highways Agency’s Officials began to divert traffic.

The carriageway reopened eight hours later at 5.30pm last night, although engineers
carried out barrier repairs overnight keeping one lane of both carriageways
closed.

If you have been unfortunate to have been involved in a road traffic accident, for confidential legal advice and guidance, speak to one of our personal injury solicitors today. Call 0800 612 7 612. We’re here to help.