A split second could have made huge difference as engine block ripped out of car

Saturday 24th October 2015 – 8.17am – Murray MacGregor.

Three youngsters have escaped what could have been a very different set of circumstances because of timing and wearing seatbelts.

All three emergency services were called to the A46 between Evesham and Sedgeberrow at about 1.15am on Saturday morning, just at a road junction.

Three ambulances, two rapid response vehicles and the MERIT doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found a fully loaded milk tanker on its side and the fuel tank had fractured leaking diesel across the road. A short distance away was a small car. The collision with the tanker had ripped the engine block out of the vehicle and it was lying on the opposite side of the road to the car.

“Despite having a broken leg, the driver of the tanker had managed to climb out of is cab via a sun roof and was lying in the road nearby. The 48 year old had his leg splinted and was immobilised before being taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“There were two men and a woman in the car, all estimated to be in their late teens or early 20s. The two passengers had managed to get out prior to ambulance staff arriving. The driver was still sat in his seat. Ambulance staff worked with fire crews to have the roof removed. Once out and on the back of an ambulance, the man appeared to have relatively minor injuries – bruising to his abdomen.

“The woman had minor injuries and was able to walk onto the back of an ambulance. The other man was immobilised as a precaution. All three were taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

“Ambulance crews were clear, had the collision happened a split second differently it could have been a very different set of circumstances. Equally, because all three in the car were wearing seatbelts, their injuries were minimised.”

Milk Tanker 1 (24-10-15) Milk Tanker 2 (24-10-15)

Pictures courtesy of @HWFireEvesham

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