A 14-year-old girl was left impaled on railings during a car accident near a safari park.
The teenage victim had been travelling round Brookbridge roundabout, near Knowsley Safari Park in Prescot, during the rush hour at about 0840 BST.
She was in the front passenger seat of the Peugeot when it collided with another vehicle hitting nearby fencing.
Police said she had been extremely brave despite suffering serious injuries to her lower body.
She is currently in Alder Hey hospital undergoing surgery but is not believed to be in a life threatening condition.
The driver of the Peugeot and the rear seat passenger received slight injuries.
Insp Dave Corcoran said: "This has been a very traumatic incident for the girl involved and her family.
"The girl was very brave this morning and we wish her a speedy recovery.
"Anyone with information is asked to come forward."