A MILKMAN is recovering in hospital with head and leg injuries after his milk float crashed head-on into a wall in Stanhill Road, Oswaldtwistle.

The driver was trapped in the cab of the vehicle outside Stanhill Post Office and had to be released by firefighters in an operation which blocked the road for an hour.

Firefighters used special equipment to free the man from the crushed front cab of the van while paramedics treated him at the scene. Chris Rowan, station manager at Accrington Ambulance said two paramedics gave him pain relief while firefighters worked to free him

He said: "He was in a lot of pain and because he was going to trapped for a while he needed pain killers. We suspect he probably had a broken leg."

The driver was taken to Blackburn Royal Infirmary for further treatment.

Station commander Colin Cunliffe, from Accrington fire station, said: "We used spreaders to push the vehicle apart.

"Then we used a winch to drag the vehicle into two halves, secured the front end and dragged the back part backwards," he added.

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