A girl has miraculously escaped without serious injuries after being thrown from a moving vehicle when it crashed on the M55 heading towards Blackpool.
Three children have been taken to hospital following the incident on the motorway, close to Kirkham, which occurred at around 6pm on Sunday.
Police said the one youngster was lucky to be alive after the force of the collision, when a 4x4 lost control and rolled over, sent her through the car’s window.
Lancashire Police force incident manager Insp Grant Smith said: “The children are very lucky they are going to live to tell another day.
“One of the children had been thrown from the vehicle. Luckily she was probably the least injured of the three of them.”
The children were travelling with their parents, who escaped with cuts and bruises
The motorway was closed for around three hours to allow the air ambulance to land on the carriageway.
One of the children was flown to Manchester Children’s Hospital, while the other two were taken to Royal Preston Hospital.
Their injuries are described as “significant but not serious”.
Insp Smith said: “A single 4x4 has somehow managed to roll itself with five people on board – a mum, dad and three children.
“The three children received injuries that are not life-threatening.”
All three westbound lanes were closed due to the crash, causing long delays, and re-opened shortly after 9pm.
Investigations into the cause of the accident are ongoing.