Lancashire

Loose lorry wheel smashes into car on M6 in Leyland

Wheel in car Image copyright Lancashire Road Police
Image caption The driver escaped with "minor injuries"

A driver has been called the "luckiest person in the world" after a wheel came off a lorry and crashed into his car on the M6 motorway.

The wheel detached from an HGV, crossed the central barrier and smashed through the window of the oncoming Peugeot at Junction 28, the Leyland interchange.

Lancashire Road Police tweeted that the driver's son had wanted to join him in the car but "thankfully was unable to".

The wheel had crushed the car seat where he would have been sitting.

How the driver "got to the [hard] shoulder and got out with minor injuries is beyond us," Lancashire Road Police said.

Image copyright Lancashire Road Police
Image caption The driver's young son had wanted to join him on the trip, police said
Image copyright Lancashire Road Police
Image caption The wheel had crossed the central reservation and smashed into the oncoming car
Image copyright Lancashire Road Police
Image caption The driver is being called "the luckiest person in the world"

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