A DRIVER was rescued from a car in the early hours of today, Wednesday, after it left a roundabout, hit a lamppost and then crashed into a bush under a tree.

A fire engine and technical rescue unit were sent to Golborne Island on the East Lancashire Road just after 2am after a car had lost control and left the road on the Golborne side near the housing development off Summercroft Close.

Firefighters had to act quickly to rescue the casualty from the car before he was taken to hospital with "serious injuries".

Leigh Fire Station watch manager Cording said: "We had to do a rapid extrication of one casualty due to a large head injury he suffered.

"We extricated him from the passenger window.

"Some articulated wagons stopped to offer their help to protect the scene as well.

"The man was taken to Salford Royal Hospital."

Police were also in attendance as well.

Watch manager Cording said it was believed that no-one else was in the car other than the driver.

A North West Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "We were called to an road traffic collision at 1.55am.

"A number of resources were sent and we took one male patient to Salford Royal Hospital with serious injuries."