Driver only found because sharp eared paramedic hears horn sounding from the undergrowth

Henley RTC (1) 22-06-15 (side)

Tuesday 23rd June 2015 – 10.00am – Murray MacGregor.

A man who crashed his car into undergrowth so deep that the vehicle couldn’t be seen from the road, has been saved by a sharp eared paramedic.

The incident happened at about 8.25pm on Monday evening on the A3400, Liveridge Hill, about 2 miles out of Henley in Arden towards the M40 in Warwickshire.

Two rapid response vehicles, an ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The silver Honda Civic had left the road at a bend and gone about 20 yards up an embankment through young trees and bushes.

“Unfortunately, it was almost impossible to see the car from the road. Ambulance staff followed the directions given by the driver over the phone, but an initial search found no trace.

“Eventually, when a paramedic in one of the response vehicles was turning around to continue searching he heard the horn of the car being sounded and followed the noise.

“Staff said that the car was so far in that you could barely see where it was even when you knew it was there. The young trees and bushes had sprung back up largely covering the track that the car had taken.

“The 27 year old driver from Birmingham was trapped in the car, which was still on its side. Ambulance staff worked with firefighters, who removed the roof, to get him out of the car.

“The man was complaining of shoulder pain and had suspected broken fingers. He was taken to Warwick Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“Ambulance staff said, that it was fortunate that the man was conscious and able to phone as otherwise the car might not have been found for a very considerable time.”

Henley RTC (2) 22-06-15 (side)

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