Tuesday 24th December 2013 – 6.10am – Murray MacGregor.
A woman was trapped in the wreckage of a car for over 90 minutes after it was involved in a two car crash in Worcestershire.
The collision happened on the A38 at Severn Stoke to the south of Worcester at just before 10.20pm on Monday night.
Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and a BASICS emergency doctor from the MARS scheme were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found two cars that had suffered very significant front end damage.
“The driver of the first car, a 25 year old woman, was trapped by her legs in the wreckage. Ambulance staff worked with firefighters for over 90 minutes to free her. The appalling weather conditions made the task even more difficult as the roof and dashboard were removed.
“She had suffered multiple injuries. After being immobilised, she was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
“The driver of the other vehicle, a woman in her early 20s, had been knocked unconscious for a short period but appeared to be relatively uninjured. She was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital as a precaution.
”Given the complexity of the incident, there was some excellent joint working between all three emergency services at the scene.”
Notes to Editors
Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) is a group of highly trained and experienced pre-hospital practitioners who provide enhanced immediate medical care to the people of Herefordshire and Worcestershire on a voluntary basis in support of West Midlands Ambulance Service. It currently comprises 15 doctors and two advanced nurse practitioners. The scheme is a registered charity supported by local fundraising and affiliated with the British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS). For more information go to http://www.marsbasics.org.uk