FOUR people were taken to hospital after a collision in Lowton this morning, Friday.

Emergency services including an air ambulance helicopter were sent to Slag Lane to reports of a collision between a car and two pedestrians.

Three patients suffered major trauma injuries and the other person sustained minor injuries but it has not been specified how badly hurt the car occupants or the pedestrians were.

Two fire engines and a technical response unit were called to the scene.

Leigh Fire Station manager Jim Bridge added: "Crews made the vehicle safe and then assisted the ambulance service with the casualties."

The road was sealed off following the incident and closures have been in place.

A North West Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called at 9:13am this morning to reports of a serious road traffic collision on Slag Lane.

"We sent a number of resources to scene including three land ambulances, one rapid response vehicle, air ambulance, an advanced paramedic and a bronze officer.

"We treated four patients; three with major trauma were taken to Salford Royal Hospital and one with minor injuries taken to Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan."