Sheffield care home resident airlifted after horror crash

Collision: Emergency services thanked for their speedy and professional actions. Photo: Martin Bostock.
Collision: Emergency services thanked for their speedy and professional actions. Photo: Martin Bostock.
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ONE of seven residents from a Sheffield care home injured when a minibus taking them on holiday to Blackpool crashed on a motorway remained in hospital last night with serious injuries.

The incident happened on the M55, just a few miles from the Lancashire resort, on Friday afternoon when the minibus careered out of control, crashed into an embankment and overturned on the hard shoulder.

Six of the casualties from Willowbeck care home, on Holywell Road in Brightside - the driver, two residents and three carers - have now been discharged from hospital.

But the seventh person, believed to be a resident, was more badly injured and remains at the Royal Preston Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

A spokesman for Willowbeck’s owners said: “A group of residents and staff were involved in an accident on their way to a short holiday in Blackpool and we want to thank the speedy and professional actions of the emergency services.

“Our thoughts are with our residents, staff and we are giving them and their families our full support.”

The most seriously injured resident had to be airlifted to hospital after the crash. The other six were taken by road ambulance.

The Willowbeck spokesman added the injured residents now released from hospital were being looked after by relatives.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said no other vehicles were involved in the collision.

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.

The M55 was closed in both directions to allow the North West Air Ambulance to land and to enable 999 crews to work at the scene but it re-opened at 6pm the same evening.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.