Breaking: Sheffield minibus crash - seven people injured

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SEVEN people have been injured after a minibus carrying disabled adults from Sheffield crashed on the motorway this afternoon.

The vehicle careered out of control, crashed into an embankment, and overturned on the hard shoulder of the M55 in Lancashire this afternoon.

The crash happened on the westbound carriageway, near junction four at Blackpool, at 4.10pm.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said the minibus had been transporting disabled adults from a care home.

The seven casualties are believed to be the driver, three disabled residents, and three carers from Willowbeck care home on Holywell Road in Brightside, Sheffield.

One person was seriously injured and was airlifted to hospital.

The six others were taken by land ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital with less serious injuries.

Willowbeck is a private nursing home for people aged 18 to 65 with mental health problems and complex physical disabilities.

It had initially been reported those hurt were children.

No other vehicles are believed to have been involved.

The motorway was closed to allow the North West Air Ambulance to land, and reopened around an hour ago.