Elderly woman injured in escalator fall


Saturday 5th April 2014 – 6.00pm – Claire Brown.

An elderly woman received emergency treatment after falling down escalators in Burton-on-Trent this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Marks and Spencer in St Modwens Walk at 2.50pm today (Saturday). A community paramedic, two ambulances and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a woman, believed to be in her 80s, who had sustained a head injury after falling down three escalator steps inside a shop.

“The ambulance crews and the doctor assessed the woman, who was initially drowsy after the incident but had regained full consciousness, and found she had suffered no other injuries. The woman was given anti-sickness tablets before being immobilised with a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic splint as a precaution. The woman was taken to the land ambulance and transferred to the helicopter, which had landed in a nearby field, before being airlifted to University Hospital North Staffordshire for further treatment.”





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