Fire chiefs are warning of the dangers of driving in severe weather after two women were seriously hurt in a motorway crash. The pair had to be cut from their car by firefighters after it skidded on standing water near Junction 20 of the M62 early this morning.
"The two women were driving their Mini convertible back from Leeds when they hit some standing water and ended up on the motorway embankment. When you hit standing water at speed you aquaplane and can easily lose control of your car. They were very fortunate because their car stopped next to a metal post – it could’ve been much worse.”
– Station Manager Pete Buckley, GM Fire and Rescue Service
“It sounds like these two women had a very lucky escape. We wish them both a speedy recovery. We would urge everyone to take extra care in wet driving conditions especially after a long dry spell when roads can become very greasy in the rain.”
– Cllr David Acton, Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority
Two women have been seriously injured after their car hit standing water on the M62. Firefighters cut the women from the wreckage after their car ended on an embankment. The women are being treated for suspected spinal injuries.
A bank card belonging to a man who is believed to have been killed in a house fire was used on the same morning he died, police have said.
Although the victim hasn't been identified, Lancashire Police believe he was 88-year-old Christopher Proctor, who lived alone at the house on Pleckgate Road in Blackburn.
The fire happened shortly before 4am last Saturday, November 10.
Detective Superinendent Paul Withers, who is leading the investigation, said: “We believe that Christopher Proctor may have been targeted over several years by people taking advantage of his vulnerability."
He said someone tried to use the card at two cash points between 2.15am and 2.25am.
Officers are reviewing hundreds of hours of CCTV but Det Supt Withers also appealed for anyone in Blackburn with CCTV covering the areas between Pleckgate Road and Whalley New Road at Roe Lee to urgently get in touch.
Anyone with information or CCTV should call police on the non emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting log number 1020 of November 15th.
An 87-year-old woman was forced to flee her home after someone set fire to a wheelie bin at the front door of her home in Little Hulton.
The fire spread to the house while the woman was still inside. A neighbour spotted the flames and she was able to escape unharmed. Police are investigating.
"The victim has limited mobility and struggles with her sight and hearing and was completely unaware that her house was on fire. Thanks to her neighbour alerting the fire service, the woman was not injured, however, the story could have been different.
"I would ask anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area to contact police. At this moment in time, we do not believe this was a targeted attack but we are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed anything."
– Detective Sergeant Paul Manivannan, Swinton Police Station