A van driver was trapped for about an hour after his vehicle collided with a telegraph pole

Monday 15th February 2016 – 4.35pm – Murray MacGregor.

A van driver was trapped for about an hour after a crash that left both vehicle and a telegraph pole badly damaged.

The incident happened beside the recycling plant on Harbury Lane at Bishops Tachbrook near Leamington at about 2.00pm on Monday afternoon.

A rapid response vehicle, an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene along with firefighters and police.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews were told that the white panel van was heading towards Warwick when it left the road and collided with a telegraph pole.

“The van was very badly damaged on the driver’s side which made access for ambulance staff extremely difficult initially. They treated the man while firefighters cut away the bulkhead and other parts of the vehicle to allow the man to be removed on a spinal board. In total it took about an hour to get him out, such was the level of damage.

“Surprisingly, the 57 year old man only appeared to have broken his shoulder. After further treatment at the scene, the man was taken to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance.

“Ambulance staff said that he was a very lucky man to have suffered such relatively minor injuries given the level of damage to the vehicle. They alos praised the firefighters for the excellent job they did providing access to the patient.”

Hanbury Lane (OPU Warks)

Picture courtesy of @OPUWarks on twitter

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