A DRIVER had a lucky escape when a fence post smashed through the window of his car after it careered off the motorway.
The man had been driving a blue Honda Civic southbound on the M53 between Junction 11 and Junction 12, near the Stoak interchange, at 10am on Monday when his vehicle was involved in a collision with a silver Vauxhall combo van owned by Baron Security Ltd of Ellesmere Port.
Russ Austin, watch manager at Ellesmere Port Fire Station, who attended the scene with two crews, said: “The van and a car had left the motorway, rolled down an embank- ment and collided with a fence.
“The driver of the car was lucky to get out as a fence post went through the windscreen.
“The vehicle was on fire when we arrived but fortunately no-one was trapped or injured.”
Cheshire police spokes- man Glyn Hellam said: “The driver of the Honda sustained minor cuts to his hands and was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital. The driver of the van was not injured.
“We appeal for any witnesses to the collision to call us on 0845 4580000.”
More than a dozen firefighters spent hours tackling a blaze in an industrial unit.
Ellesmere Port’s two fire engines and one from Chester attended an electrical steel lamination manufacturer in Elles- mere Port at about 1.30pm on Monday.
Ten firefighters entered the heavily smoke-logged warehouse in Cromwell Road and removed oxyacetylene cylinders in case they exploded.
Finding a fire on the conveyor belt, they filled in a tunnel area under- neath with high-expansion foam to smother the flames.
Ellesmere Port watch manager Russ Austin said: “We believe the fire was caused when workers were cutting some of the metal there and sparks flew off.
“No-one was injured.”