A WOMAN managed to escape her car after a “bad” smash with a lorry on the M8 caused tailbacks of over two miles this morning.

We told earlier how The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and Police Scotland rushed to close a lane on the busy motorway westbound just after 7am.

Tailbacks were being reported from J8 M73 J2 (Baillieston) to J9 Easterhouse Road (Easterhouse), with large amounts of debris at the scene.

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One eyewitness, who asked not to be named, told the Evening Times: “At first, you couldn’t see anything because there were a lot of lorries along the hard shoulder. But the closer I got, I saw debris on the road and a small car up on the embankment. It looked like it might have been hit by a lorry - I don’t know. But it’s a bad one. The car’s pretty damaged at the back.”

The SFRS has since said the woman driver of the car managed to exit the vehicle after the crash.

She was assessed by paramedics at the scene before being taken to hospital in Glasgow.

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An SFRS spokeswoman said: “We were alerted at 6.58am to reports of a road traffic collision on the M8 Springhill/Baillieston junction.

“Operations Control mobilised two fire appliances to the scene involving one car and one LGV.

“One female casualty had exited the vehicle prior to the arrival of fire service personnel and was assessed by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

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“She was thereafter taken to hospital for further checks.

“Crews made the vehicle safe before leaving the scene.”

The Evening Times has contacted the Scottish Ambulance Service for more details.