Trapped by legs in Warwickshire crash

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Sunday 25th May 2014 – 6.50pm – Claire Brown.

Ambulance staff and fire crews worked as a team to rescue a man who ended up trapped by his legs in wreckage for 40 minutes after a car collided with a lamppost in Warwickshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the Mancetter roundabout on the A5 in Atherstone shortly before 4.30pm (Sunday). An ambulance, a responder paramedic, a paramedic area support officer 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 car which had left the road and collided with a lamppost.

“The driver and soul occupant of the car, a man believed to be 19-years-old, was trapped in the wreckage by his legs.

“Ambulance staff and the medic worked to assess and treat the man who had suffered multiple fractures to his leg and administered pain relief to him before the fire service carefully extricated him from the car. After around 40 minutes, the man was released from the car and immobilised onto a spinal board, his leg was splinted and his condition stabilised. The man was then taken by air ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, a specialist trauma centre, for further emergency treatment.”

 

ENDS

Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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