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Man trapped by a lift in Bolton 'seriously injured'

North West Air Ambulance
Image caption The injured man was taken by helicopter to University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM) in Wythenshawe

A man has been airlifted to hospital after his legs were trapped by a lift in Bolton town centre.

The 34-year-old lift engineer was working on top of the lift with his legs "dangling" over the side when it moved upwards and trapped his legs.

Firefighters were called to the Jobcentre Plus in Elizabeth House at Back Spring Gardens at about 11:00 GMT.

They moved the lift down to free him. He had suffered serious arm and leg injuries, the ambulance service said.

He was taken to hospital in Wythenshawe for treatment, the North West Ambulance Service added.

Ian Read, Bolton Central Fire Station watch manager, said: "We believe that while he was working on top of the lift, with his legs dangling over the side, the lift had moved upwards and trapped his legs.

"Firefighters went into the motor room and slowly moved the lift down so we could release the man."

He added: "He was then taken to hospital by air ambulance with injuries to his arm and leg."

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