Man breaks both legs crashing car into tree in Crompton Way

Crompton Way is still closed after the crash this morning

Crompton Way is still closed after the crash this morning

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A MAN broke both his legs after crashing his car into a tree in Crompton Way.

Traffic came to a standstill while emergency services rescued the driver after the crash, which happened at about 5.30am this morning.

The accident happened near the junction with Blackburn Road as Bolton was battered by heavy rain and wind.

The man, believed to be in his twenties, was cut out of his Red Ford Escort by fire crews before being taken to the trauma centre at Salford Royal Hospital.

It took police until 10am to clear up the crash, which destroyed the car.

The driver’s injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

A police spokesman said: "The driver was taken to hospital with breakage to his legs.

"His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening."

Commuters took to Twitter to share their concern for the driver.

Ste Whitehead wrote: “Not looking good with whatever has happened on #A58 Crompton Way, Astley Bridge. Road closed. Hope everyone involved is ok.”

One Twitter user, called ‘Dicko’ ‏added: “Looks like a nasty car accident on A58 crompton way, outside Lidl. Road closed. #bolton #traffic”

The tail end of ex-hurricane Bertha slammed into the UK on Sunday, bringing with it heavy rains and strong winds as a severe weather warning was placed over all of the UK.

The main brunt of the storm arrived at 3am yesterday morning, but it is expected to continue today with a "heightened flood risk", the Environment Agency said.

Volunteers from the Red Cross were mobilised and placed on standby last night, after Friday evening’s weather saw much of the east of England struck by flash flooding, forcing the evacuation of some residents.

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8:45am Mon 11 Aug 14

A Hybrid Lord says...

Correction, it is actually Crompton Way (near the Moss Bank Way (Asda) junction).
Correction, it is actually Crompton Way (near the Moss Bank Way (Asda) junction). A Hybrid Lord
  • Score: -1

9:10am Mon 11 Aug 14

mililly says...

A Hybrid Lord wrote:
Correction, it is actually Crompton Way (near the Moss Bank Way (Asda) junction).
It does actually say crompton way near blackburn road junction which is correct.....
[quote][p][bold]A Hybrid Lord[/bold] wrote: Correction, it is actually Crompton Way (near the Moss Bank Way (Asda) junction).[/p][/quote]It does actually say crompton way near blackburn road junction which is correct..... mililly
  • Score: 13

9:15am Mon 11 Aug 14

A Hybrid Lord says...

mililly wrote:
A Hybrid Lord wrote:
Correction, it is actually Crompton Way (near the Moss Bank Way (Asda) junction).
It does actually say crompton way near blackburn road junction which is correct.....
Hi,

The original article (before 8.30am) stated Moss Bank Way, not Crompton Way, and (as you can see at the top) the article was updated at 8.46, just after I posted.

No big deal, just wanted to make people aware of the actual location to help save them being stuck in traffic - as I was!
[quote][p][bold]mililly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Hybrid Lord[/bold] wrote: Correction, it is actually Crompton Way (near the Moss Bank Way (Asda) junction).[/p][/quote]It does actually say crompton way near blackburn road junction which is correct.....[/p][/quote]Hi, The original article (before 8.30am) stated Moss Bank Way, not Crompton Way, and (as you can see at the top) the article was updated at 8.46, just after I posted. No big deal, just wanted to make people aware of the actual location to help save them being stuck in traffic - as I was! A Hybrid Lord
  • Score: 31

9:17am Mon 11 Aug 14

A Hybrid Lord says...

@ Bolton News: The image title still says Moss Bank Way - in case you wanted that updating.
@ Bolton News: The image title still says Moss Bank Way - in case you wanted that updating. A Hybrid Lord
  • Score: 21

9:30am Mon 11 Aug 14

Sean kingston says...

Don't you just hate it when these trees don't look before they cross the road
Don't you just hate it when these trees don't look before they cross the road Sean kingston
  • Score: 37

9:30am Mon 11 Aug 14

mililly says...

A Hybrid Lord wrote:
@ Bolton News: The image title still says Moss Bank Way - in case you wanted that updating.
So it does..a typical bolton news story then..lol
[quote][p][bold]A Hybrid Lord[/bold] wrote: @ Bolton News: The image title still says Moss Bank Way - in case you wanted that updating.[/p][/quote]So it does..a typical bolton news story then..lol mililly
  • Score: 2

9:34am Mon 11 Aug 14

wsw69 says...

When I initially saw the headline 'Man with broken legs cut free from car after crashing into tree in Astley Bridge' I thought that his legs were broken prior to the crash. The headline should read 'Man crashes car into tree and breaks both legs'.

Yet again, poor journalism in my opinion.

As for the BN getting locations correct ....................
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When I initially saw the headline 'Man with broken legs cut free from car after crashing into tree in Astley Bridge' I thought that his legs were broken prior to the crash. The headline should read 'Man crashes car into tree and breaks both legs'. Yet again, poor journalism in my opinion. As for the BN getting locations correct .................... .................... ........ wsw69
  • Score: 54

11:41am Mon 11 Aug 14

renovatedhouserunner says...

An escort? About time it was removed from the road
An escort? About time it was removed from the road renovatedhouserunner
  • Score: -15

12:43pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Boffoo says...

If I was contemplating breaking my legs, I could think of an alternate method as using a car can prove costly...so the poor uneducated journalism suggests?
If I was contemplating breaking my legs, I could think of an alternate method as using a car can prove costly...so the poor uneducated journalism suggests? Boffoo
  • Score: -4

12:51pm Mon 11 Aug 14

waterbottle says...

Is it same tree 🎄 which the drivers keep crashing in to, its about time they chopped tree down
Is it same tree 🎄 which the drivers keep crashing in to, its about time they chopped tree down waterbottle
  • Score: -4

12:57pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Gman13 says...

waterbottle wrote:
Is it same tree 🎄 which the drivers keep crashing in to, its about time they chopped tree down
Why? Does the tree jump out in front of unsuspecting drivers???
[quote][p][bold]waterbottle[/bold] wrote: Is it same tree 🎄 which the drivers keep crashing in to, its about time they chopped tree down[/p][/quote]Why? Does the tree jump out in front of unsuspecting drivers??? Gman13
  • Score: 20

1:31pm Mon 11 Aug 14

MarkAllRead says...

So the accident happens at 5.30, the firemen have cut the guy out by 6am, but the cops only re-open the road FOUR HOURS LATER?! They keep such an important road closed right through rush hour? WHY?
So the accident happens at 5.30, the firemen have cut the guy out by 6am, but the cops only re-open the road FOUR HOURS LATER?! They keep such an important road closed right through rush hour? WHY? MarkAllRead
  • Score: -1

2:12pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Cheeseware says...

MarkAllRead wrote:
So the accident happens at 5.30, the firemen have cut the guy out by 6am, but the cops only re-open the road FOUR HOURS LATER?! They keep such an important road closed right through rush hour? WHY?
Probably questioning the tree, finding out why it keeps targeting unsuspecting drivers.
[quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: So the accident happens at 5.30, the firemen have cut the guy out by 6am, but the cops only re-open the road FOUR HOURS LATER?! They keep such an important road closed right through rush hour? WHY?[/p][/quote]Probably questioning the tree, finding out why it keeps targeting unsuspecting drivers. Cheeseware
  • Score: 34

2:12pm Mon 11 Aug 14

pradagucci says...

What did the tree do when the bank closed?
A: It started a new branch!!!
What did the tree do when the bank closed? A: It started a new branch!!! pradagucci
  • Score: 7

2:14pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Cheeseware says...

I bet the BN reporters spend more time correcting published articles than they spend writing the articles in the first place.
I bet the BN reporters spend more time correcting published articles than they spend writing the articles in the first place. Cheeseware
  • Score: 6

2:36pm Mon 11 Aug 14

marco999 says...

renovatedhouserunner wrote:
An escort? About time it was removed from the road
What a priggish statement.
[quote][p][bold]renovatedhouserunner[/bold] wrote: An escort? About time it was removed from the road[/p][/quote]What a priggish statement. marco999
  • Score: -1

2:36pm Mon 11 Aug 14

boltonnut says...

Not one comment about wishing the driver a "speedy" recovery,that seems pretty thoughtless,by the way how's the tree doing.
Not one comment about wishing the driver a "speedy" recovery,that seems pretty thoughtless,by the way how's the tree doing. boltonnut
  • Score: 11

3:02pm Mon 11 Aug 14

wsw69 says...

Cheeseware wrote:
I bet the BN reporters spend more time correcting published articles than they spend writing the articles in the first place.
Yup! Good comment.

After noting in my earlier posting, I see the headline has now been 'more aligned' to what actually happened.
[quote][p][bold]Cheeseware[/bold] wrote: I bet the BN reporters spend more time correcting published articles than they spend writing the articles in the first place.[/p][/quote]Yup! Good comment. After noting in my earlier posting, I see the headline has now been 'more aligned' to what actually happened. wsw69
  • Score: 4

3:17pm Mon 11 Aug 14

mrs philainsy says...

pradagucci wrote:
What did the tree do when the bank closed?
A: It started a new branch!!!
Epic Fail.
Cue Face Palm.
[quote][p][bold]pradagucci[/bold] wrote: What did the tree do when the bank closed? A: It started a new branch!!![/p][/quote]Epic Fail. Cue Face Palm. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 2

5:28pm Mon 11 Aug 14

smw2012 says...

MarkAllRead wrote:
So the accident happens at 5.30, the firemen have cut the guy out by 6am, but the cops only re-open the road FOUR HOURS LATER?! They keep such an important road closed right through rush hour? WHY?
The police were probably trying to reconstruct the accident, to see if it was driver error, driving conditions or just one of them things...
[quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: So the accident happens at 5.30, the firemen have cut the guy out by 6am, but the cops only re-open the road FOUR HOURS LATER?! They keep such an important road closed right through rush hour? WHY?[/p][/quote]The police were probably trying to reconstruct the accident, to see if it was driver error, driving conditions or just one of them things... smw2012
  • Score: 4

5:53pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Citizen Cane says...

wsw69 wrote:
When I initially saw the headline 'Man with broken legs cut free from car after crashing into tree in Astley Bridge' I thought that his legs were broken prior to the crash. The headline should read 'Man crashes car into tree and breaks both legs'.

Yet again, poor journalism in my opinion.

As for the BN getting locations correct ....................

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What they need is to "upgrade" this road so that it is rammed with speed cameras, having reduced the speed limit to 5 mph without notice and shown by really small signs which are unreadable. That will maximise revenue from honest motorists who will pay the fines, make not a blind bit of difference to toe rags in uninsured cars and officially be viewed as a way of reducing casualties on that section of road.
[quote][p][bold]wsw69[/bold] wrote: When I initially saw the headline 'Man with broken legs cut free from car after crashing into tree in Astley Bridge' I thought that his legs were broken prior to the crash. The headline should read 'Man crashes car into tree and breaks both legs'. Yet again, poor journalism in my opinion. As for the BN getting locations correct .................... .................... ........[/p][/quote]What they need is to "upgrade" this road so that it is rammed with speed cameras, having reduced the speed limit to 5 mph without notice and shown by really small signs which are unreadable. That will maximise revenue from honest motorists who will pay the fines, make not a blind bit of difference to toe rags in uninsured cars and officially be viewed as a way of reducing casualties on that section of road. Citizen Cane
  • Score: -4

6:21pm Mon 11 Aug 14

buskersball says...

surely he didnt break both legs AFTER crashing the car? Why would he do that???
surely he didnt break both legs AFTER crashing the car? Why would he do that??? buskersball
  • Score: 1

10:52pm Mon 11 Aug 14

waterbottle says...

Gman13 wrote:
waterbottle wrote:
Is it same tree 🎄 which the drivers keep crashing in to, its about time they chopped tree down
Why? Does the tree jump out in front of unsuspecting drivers???
That tree on the corner of Silverton grove has had a battering over the years
[quote][p][bold]Gman13[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]waterbottle[/bold] wrote: Is it same tree 🎄 which the drivers keep crashing in to, its about time they chopped tree down[/p][/quote]Why? Does the tree jump out in front of unsuspecting drivers???[/p][/quote]That tree on the corner of Silverton grove has had a battering over the years waterbottle
  • Score: 1

2:56pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Replytohatersandscum says...

Standard driving on that road how many accidents on that road usual idiots round there
Standard driving on that road how many accidents on that road usual idiots round there Replytohatersandscum
  • Score: -1

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