Pictures: Firefighters save three people from van hanging off M60 bridge near Stockport after collision

By Dean Wilkins

Three car crash victims were saved by firefighters from a van hanging off the M60 motorway today.

A severe collision caused the van to spin around and crashed through the protection barrier close to junction 26, Stockport, at 2.40pm.

Emergency services winched the vehicle to a safe spot before cutting free a trapped man who was taken to the Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Another man and a woman were air-lifted to Wythenshawe Hospital.

Station Manager Peter Lamb said: “The van was hanging precariously off the motorway and it was balanced on the edge so the first thing the crews had to do was make it safe to make sure the vehicle didn’t drop over the edge where the subway is.

“Once the van was stabilised, the crews were able to free the casualties. They freed the driver from the van and then the two people in the car who were taken to hospital by two air ambulances which were requested by the ambulance service.

“Where the collision happened is quite a complicated patch where the motorways all come together.”

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