Woman trapped between trailer and its contents

Wednesday 29th July 2015 – 5pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Ambulance Bonnet

A woman who was trapped for almost 30 minutes by the contents of a trailer has been treated for a leg injury by ambulance staff in Coventry this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Church Road, Baginton, at 1.20pm and sent an ambulance and a paramedic area support officer to the scene. Crews from the Warwickshire and Northamptionshire Air Ambulance also attended in a rapid response vehicle, as did the police and fire services.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a woman, though to be in her 60s, who had become trapped between a car trailer and some of the contents from inside it.

“It is believed the trailer rocked backwards after being disconnected from a car, causing the woman to fall to the ground. She became trapped when two big wooden crates fell out of the trailer and trapped her leg against the trailer hitch.

“She was given pain relief by ambulance staff who then worked closely alongside the fire service to carefully free the woman, a process which took about 30 minutes.

“Once free she was treated for injuries to her lower right leg, immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher and leg splint and transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.”

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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.

1 comment

  1. No brakes on trailer? Always safer to unload trailer still attached to tow vehicle for much more stability.The accident could not have happened if this rule was observed. If no brakes on trailer wheels should have been chocked to prevent trailer moving. Better safe than sorry only takes seconds to observe. Probably lack of experience !

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