Wednesday 16th March 2016 – 12.15pm – Murray MacGregor.
‘How no-one was killed is astonishing.’ These the words of ambulance staff at the scene of a crash involving three vehicles that left a sheep trailer on top of a car.
The crash happened on the A49 near to the Toyota Garage at Callow in Herefordshire at just before 9.20am on Wednesday morning.
Two ambulances, a paramedic area support office, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and a BASICSs Emergency Doctor from the Mercia Accident Rescue Service .
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found a silver BMW with a trailer carrying about 30 sheep on top of it. The Land Rover Defender that had been pulling it had serious front end damage. A silver Honda Civic was against the hedge at the side of the road with significant damage.
“The man driving the Civic was severely trapped. Excellent teamwork from ambulance staff and firefighters enabled the man to be treated as the car was being cut away to get the man out.
“He suffered a nasty fracture to his leg. After pain relief from the doctor, he was removed from the car, immobilised and had his leg splinted. After further assessment, he was taken by land ambulance to Hereford County Hospital.
“A woman of a similar age and a 3 year old boy who had also been travelling in the Civic were taken to the same hospital as a precaution, but appeared uninjured.
“There was a 41 year old mother and two young children in the BMW – a 1 year old boy and 5 year old girl. All three were able to get out of the car unaided. Other than being badly shaken by the incident, they were unhurt. They were assessed by the doctor but did not require any further treatment and were discharged on scene.
“The man driving the Land Rover was also assessed at scene but was again uninjured. Unfortunately, a number of the sheep being carried in the trailer had to be put down at the scene.
“Given the nature of the crash and where the vehicles ended up, it is extraordinary that the levels of injury were not more serious.”