Thursday 28th May 2015 – 9.00am – Claire Brown.
A family of five ended up requiring emergency treatment by the ambulance service last night after the car they were in ended up in a field following a significant collision in Hereford.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the crossroads of the A438 and A4172 in Trumpet, Hereford at 10.00pm last night (Wednesday). Three ambulances, a community paramedic, a MERIT trauma doctor and two doctors from Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When emergency services arrived they found a badly damaged car in a field which had reportedly been involved in a collision with a second car.
“The five occupants of the badly damaged car, a father, mother and three children, were all conscious and breathing.
“A 12-year-old girl, who had already got out of the car when emergency services arrived, had bruising to her chest caused by her seatbelt and was complaining of some neck tenderness. She was immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board as a precaution before being taken to Hereford County Hospital.
“The drivers’ side had sustained the most damage which meant the driver, a 48-year-old man, was significantly trapped in the wreckage. Upon assessment ambulance staff and the medics found he had sustained a suspected pelvic injury and pain in his chest and needed to be carefully extricated from the vehicle.
“The medical team worked to immobilise the man and administer pain relief to keep him comfortable whilst the fire service worked around them to cut the man out of the wreckage. After an hour and 40 minutes, the man was released and was transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, a regional trauma centre, for emergency treatment. The MERIT doctor travelled in the back of the ambulance to continue treatment en route.
“The three other occupants were a 43-year-old woman who had sustained a serious facial injury and crews suspecting she had fractured her jaw. A 10-year-old boy suffered some chest tenderness from where his seatbelt had tightened in the impact and a 15-year-old girl had a minor head injury. All three were taken to Hereford County Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”