A MAN was seriously injured in a two car collision in Cheddleton.
The incident occurred on Cheadle Road shortly after 7.30pm on Friday, September 6. One driver had to be cut free by firefighters.
Police officers are now appealing for witnesses to the incident, which involved a blue Renault Clio and a silver Citroen C5.
The driver of the Clio, a 19-year-old man from Cheddleton, suffered serious injuries and was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire where he remains in a critical but stable condition. No one else was injured.
The road remained closed until around 2am while specialist officers carried out an investigation at the scene.
Two ambulances, a responder paramedic, a paramedic area support officer and a BASICS doctor and nurse attended the scene. An off duty trainee paramedic, who came across the incident, stopped to render aid.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "Upon arrival crews found two cars which had been involved in a collision. "The driver of one car sustained a suspected head injury as well as internal injuries in the crash and was in a serious condition. The man was trapped in the car and required rapid extrication with help from the fire service.
"Due to the nature of the man's injuries, the medics decided to sedate him at the roadside to stabilise his condition.
The man was immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board before being conveyed by ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital North Staffordshire for further emergency treatment. The occupants of the second car, a father and son, were assessed by crews but suffered no serious injuries and were discharged from care on scene."
Two fire crews from Leek and a rescue tender from Longton attended the incident.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "We received the call at 7.36pm to a road traffic collision on Cheadle Road in Cheddleton which involved two vehicles. Two crews from Leek and one from Longton attended. One male was trapped and had to be rescued using cutting equipment. He was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire."
Witnesses should contact PC Paul Hargreaves at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 702 of September 6.