A SCHOOLBOY was crushed against a wall by a car which mounted the pavement and flipped over on its roof.
Ben Forrest, 14, was left with swelling on the brain and needing a number of serious operations to a broken leg, broken toes, two broken ankles, a broken arm and wrist, and crushed hands.
The horrific accident happened as Ben, of Albert Street, Church, was walking to Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School along Market Street, Church, on Wednesday morning.
He was on the path next to Church and Oswaldtwistle Railway Station when he was hit by a silver Citroen Saxo.
But despite his injuries, his stepfather Robert O’Rourke said he is in good spirits and thankful to be alive.
Mr O’Rourke said: "I ran to the scene as soon as I heard and when I saw the car I honestly thought we had lost him. I have no idea how it managed to get where it did or how it didn’t land right on Ben.
"He is in a lot of pain and the hospital is giving him shots of morphine every 20 minutes."
As the Year 10 student lay in agony on the floor, fellow pupil Craig Reeves,15, was the first person at the scene and helped to save Ben’s life by putting him in the recovery position and trying to keep him calm.
Police were so impressed with Craig’s selfless actions that they are going to present him with a letter of commendation.
Ben, a computer games enthusiast, lives with his mum Sarah Jane, stepdad Robert and 17-year-old brother Nathaniel.
Rhyddings headteacher Barry Burke said: "We are very proud of Craig as he took a mature approach to such a serious situation.
"We are all very concerned for Ben and his accident comes at a very sad time for the school as we are also mourning the loss of a former teacher. We are all thinking about him and hope he makes a full recovery very soon."
After the accident Ben was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital for emergency treatment before he was moved to Pendlebury Children’s Hospital and later to Booth Hall Children’s Hospital, Manchester, with his mum by his bedside.
Mr O’Rourke said: "Ben was moved to Booth Hall at 2am on Thursday ready for the first two operations on his injuries.
"He is having one operation to his arm and another to his leg, which we are hoping will be as stress-free for him as possible.
"We are also very upset over a rumour we’ve heard that some kids filmed Ben on their mobiles as he lay unconscious on the ground. If that is true it is sick. We are going to go in to the school at some point to make sure a video is not doing the rounds."
A 26-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving but later released without charge. He is not thought to be injured.
Police are still appealing for witnesses to contact them on 0845 125 3545 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.