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Sir Alex Ferguson's two grandchildren seriously injured in head-on car crash


Sir Alex Ferguson's grandson underwent surgery last night after being involved in a car crash with his mother and sister.

Charlie Ferguson was rushed to hospital with his six-year-old sister, Grace, and their mother Nadine, 30, who is separated from Sir Alex's son, Darren.

The crash left the distraught Manchester United boss uncertain whether to attend his team's crucial semi-final Champion's League match against Arsenal last night.

Firefighters had to free the family from the wreckage of their Vauxhall Corsa following the collision near their home in Cheshire yesterday morning.

It took firemen almost an hour to cut Mrs Ferguson free from the car.

The 30-year-old ex-wife of the Manchester United boss's son Darren suffered a shattered pelvis and broken leg.

Paramedics treated her at the scene and took her to hospital when her condition worsened.

Charlie was sitting in the front passenger seat and smashed his forehead against the dashboard. It is believed he was not sitting on a booster seat.

His sister, sitting behind him, was also not thought to be on a booster seat and suffered cuts and bruises.

Nadine Ferguson is said to be in a 'serious but comfortable' condition in hospital.

One witness said: 'Nadine kept saying that she was in a lot of pain and was really upset to be separated from her children.

'Her boy had a really nasty cut on his forehead and was screaming as the ambulance man was trying to treat him. It looked like a real mess as the cars both had to be cut by firefighters.'

Witnesses described a shocked Nadine saying repeatedly: 'My poor babies.'

A police spokeswoman said today: 'The boy has undergone surgery and he remains in a serious but stable condition.

'The six-year-old girl suffered minor injuries and stayed at Leighton Hospital overnight.'

Darren Ferguson today said his daughter was 'fine' and the operation on his stepson had been a success.

'I can confirm that my ex-wife Nadine, my son Charlie and my daughter Grace were involved in a car accident on Tuesday morning,' he said in a statement.

'Grace, thankfully, is fine. Charlie is currently in the intensive care unit. He has undergone an operation, which was a success.

'Nadine, who was also injured in the accident, is still in hospital from her injuries.'

Darren added: 'This is difficult time for myself and my family and we would ask for privacy for both ourselves and the hospital at this moment in time.'

Mrs Ferguson's black Vauxhall Corsa was in collision with a Ford Fiesta in Trap Street, Lower Withington, Macclesfield, at around 8.25am yesterday.

The Fiesta driver, a 17-year-old boy, was taken to hospital with leg injuries and was in a stable condition.

Local resident Lynda Syers told The Sun: The car was surrounded by paramedics and firemen. I could see the driver in the passenger seat sobbing her eyes out.

'She was cradling her young daughter and trying to comfort her, but they were both completely distraught.'

A spokeswoman for Cheshire Fire Service said two crews attended the scene.

She said: 'On arrival, the crews found two saloon cars were involved in a collision and the occupants of both vehicles were trapped inside.

'An adult and two children were removed from the Corsa and a man was removed from the Fiesta.

'All those involved were then taken by ambulance to hospital.'

Sir Alex was with his Manchester United team in London yesterday, overseeing their 3-1 Champions League semi-final victory over Arsenal.

The accident took place in the Cheshire village of Lower Withington, near the family's home.

A Cheshire Police spokesman said last night they were investigating the collision and were appealing for witnesses before interviewing both drivers.

The other driver was also being treated in Macclesfield Hospital.

A spokeswoman for Manchester United said: 'This is a private matter for Sir Alex and his family.'

It is the driver's responsibility for all children under 12 or under 135cm in height to use a child seat so that the safety belt works properly in an accident.

Darren, 37, separated from Nadine in 2007 after four years of marriage. He was arrested in January last year and fined 1,500 after he admitted assaulting her.

He pleaded guilty to common assault but lawyers said his guilty plea was on a 'limited basis' and he had not kicked Nadine to the floor outside Sir Alex's home.

They insisted he had not kicked Nadine but that she had run into his raised leg. As a result she fell to the ground and suffered pain in her stomach, they said.

The incident, in October 2007, started at Nadine's home with a disagreement about childcare. Four hours later, the row flared again at Sir Alex's house.

He remarried last week, tying the knot in Lincolnshire with freelance writer Nicola Noblet, 33. It is his third marriage.

The car crash comes just days after the team he manages, Peterborough United, were promoted to the Championship from League One with a 1-0 win away at Colchester United.

As a player, Sir Alex brought Darren through the youth ranks at Manchester United, giving him his first team debut in 1990.

Darren played in the side's first 15 games of the new Premier League in 1992-93 but did not feature regularly enough to qualify for a title winner's medal at the end of the season.

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