A PASSENGER had to be cut from a car after two vehicles were involved in a smash at a new junction.

A red Hyundai i20 and a white Vauxhall Corse collided at the junction of Loxham Street and Manchester Road, in Farnworth at about 3.15pm today (Thursday).

Emergency services rushed to the scene and fire crews removed the roof of the Hyundai to release the female passenger, thought to be in her 60s.

She was taken to hospital by ambulance for precautionary checks after complaining of neck and back pain.

The male driver of the car, also thought to be in his 60s was also taken to hospital to be checked over.

The Corsa was driven by a male who is understood not to have been hurt in the crash.

Emergency service crews had to partly close the junction due the accident.

Traffic travelling from the direction of Farnworth was unable to turn right on to Loxham Street and drivers were also unable to use the route to get out of Little Lever.

However, drivers approaching from Egerton Street were able to continue towards Bolton.

Paul Harrison, watch manager at Farnworth fire station, said the road closure caused 'considerable tailbacks'