FOUR people had to taken to hospital after a rush-hour crash near Chorley.
A taxi and a white Toyota were involved in the collision on Toogood Lane in Wrightington, near Charnock Richard, on Thursday morning.
The taxi, which was carrying four passengers including children, ended up in a field at the junction of Toogood Lane and Church Lane.
The country road is on the outskirts of a nine-mile diversion which leads through Euxton, Charnock Richard and Heskin, as a result of roadworks in Eccleston.
The surrounding back lanes are being clogged up by motorists trying to avoid the diversion and one eyewitness said the lanes are becoming a ‘nightmare’.
Kerry Welsh, from Heskin, said: “This whole thing is an absolute mess. It was an accident waiting to happen because so many cars, lorries and vans are using the back roads now.
“People just aren’t used to the narrow lanes. It’s a nightmare.”
Police received a call at 8.46am, and an ambulance also attended the scene.
Four people, including the elderly female driver of the Toyota and the taxi driver, were taken to hospital.
They are said to be shaken, but have not suffered any injuries.
The road was blocked until 10.21am, making the rush hour traffic even more chaotic.