Woman left at bottom of water filled ditch after collision with bus


Monday 8th December 2014 – 7.50pm – Murray MacGregor.

A husband and wife from Cheshire have been badly injured after they were in collision with a bus on a country road in rural Warwickshire.

The crash happened at about 4.45pm on Monday on Stratford Road which runs from Ilmington towards Wimpstone. The incident happened about 1/2 mile from Lower Quinton turning.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the critical care paramedics from the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham, who responded on a rapid response vehicle, were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The couple who are both 65 and from The Wirral were walking along a country road when they were in collision with a single decker bus, which resulted in the windscreen being broken.

“The woman was thrown into a ditch that was 4-5 feet deep and had water at the bottom of it. When crews arrived she was barely conscious; she was rescued with the help of firefighters and taken onto an ambulance where she started to come round.

“She had a serious head injury, pain in her back and a potential fracture to her pelvis. It took around 20 minutes to get her out of the water given the level of injury. As a result she had become very cold.

“She was immobilised using a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic binder. The woman was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire with the critical care paramedics travelling with her.

“Her husband was found on the road with a badly broken right arm and shoulder. He too was immobilised and taken on blue lights to the same hospital.

“The man driving the bus, who was estimated to be in his 30s, was shaken but otherwise uninjured. There were a couple of passengers on board but they too were unhurt.”

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