A MAN had to be freed from the wreckage of a BMW he was driving which crashed into a house on Boxing Day night.

Emergency services were called to Plodder Lane, Farnworth, at 10.30pm last night after reports of the collision.

Two fire crews from Farnworth and a Technical Response Unit from Leigh were on hand to free the man, who was then rushed to hospital by ambulance.

Police say that, shortly before the collision, a police patrol had seen a BMW 335d, travelling at speed along Plodder Lane towards Farnworth, but officers were not involved in a pursuit with the vehicle.

A police spokesman said:" The driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries, where he remains.

"No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing."

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “At around 10.30pm on Saturday 26 December, two fire engines from Farnworth fire station and the Technical Response Unit from Leigh were called to a report of a road traffic collision on Plodder lane, Farnworth.

“Crews arrived quickly and firefighters rescued one man from a car who was then conveyed to hospital by colleagues from North West Ambulance Service. GMFRS personnel made the scene safe and remained in attendance for around three hours.”