‘Cut and shut’ literally disintegrates on impact with van

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Monday 17th November 2014 – 11.27pm – Murray MacGregor.

A car driver has had a lucky escape after the car he was in literally ‘disintegrated’ when it was in collision with a van in North Staffordshire.

The accident happened at just before 7.10pm on Monday evening near to the Lafarge Cauldon Cement Works, Earlsway near Waterhouses

The Churnet Valley community first responder was first on scene and was backed up by two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a ‘transit’ sized van and a black car that had been in a collision.

“The car is believed to have been a ‘cut and shut’ as it had split into two pieces, one on either side of the van.

“The driver’s seat had been broken by the collision. Amazingly, the driver had only suffered a laceration to his forehead. After receiving treatment at the scene he was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“The driver of the van was uninjured, but the front seat passenger had suffered a broken nose and was taken to the same hospital.

“Ambulance staff at the scene remarked that had anyone been in the back of the car, the consequences could have been tragic.”

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