LORRY DRIVER TRAPPED IN OLD COLWALL Friday 15th January 2016 – 3.20pm
A driver has been rescued after his lorry ended-up in a ditch and pinned up against a tree in Herefordshire.
Concerned that the driver may have been seriously injured, West Midlands Ambulance Service had all levels of expertise ready at the scene in Old Colwall.
A paramedic area support officer, an ambulance crew, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford carrying a trauma doctor and critical care practitioner attended following the ‘999’ call made to the ambulance service control room at approx. 10.45am.
With the help of Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and West Mercia Police, work began to free the man who was trapped in his crushed cab. Winches couldn’t move the cab nor the tree, so the tree had to be cut down.
With the tree felled, hydraulic jacks were used to push free the cab of the lorry. The driver managed to get out himself.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man had leg injuries which, fortunately, appeared not to be serious. Considering the level of damage to the cab of his lorry, he was lucky. He was taken by land ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”