Miraculous escape for driver in road traffic collision

The new rescue tender assists at the scene of the Road Traffic Collision on the B4376

Fire Crews were called to a Road Traffic Collision on the B4376, outside The Round House, near Broseley at 20:10hrs on Monday 18th February 2008. Two appliances, the Rescue Tender and an Incident Commander were mobilized.

On arrival the crews were confronted with an RTC involving one private saloon car which had collided with a tree. The car was on its side with the roof of the car being against the tree. The impact had resulted in the roof being severely damaged with the single male occupant trapped in side. Paramedics were on scene and advised the crews that, miraculously, the driver was not injured, just trapped!

Due to the position of the vehicle and the extensive damage it had received a demanding extrication was carried out. The Rescue Tender was utilized to ensure that the vehicle was stabilized by using the Hiab crane to support the vehicle, along with hydraulic rescue equipment to provide additional stability from beneath the car. This allowed crews to cut away part of the roof section of the vehicle using Halmatro rescue equipment; thus allowing the casualty to be released.

Incident Commander Dave Bishton said "The value of having a well equipped Rescue Tender has clearly been demonstrated during this incident. Being able to stabilize the vehicle using the Hiab crane allowed crews to carryout the rescue without the danger of the vehicle rolling over completely. It was a difficult extrication which tested both the skill of the crews and the equipment being used. This resulted in a successful rescue with the casualty being able to walk to the ambulance".

21st February, 2008