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“Severely trapped” man in hospital after two hour rescue from van that hit tree

January 5, 2018 9:19 PM
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“Severely trapped” man in hospital after two hour rescue from van that hit tree

A man has been taken to hospital after a two hour rescue rescue operation from a crashed van.

The fire service, police and ambulance crews were all rushed to the scene of the crash in Mamhead at 6:30pm today.

The fire service said three fire engines from Dawlish, Teignmouth and Middlemoor were initially sent following calls from both police and ambulance requesting assistance to a one vehicle collision where the driver was trapped.

A van had left the road and hit a tree and the man driving was trapped.

Shortly after arriving and assessing the scene crews confirmed that the vehicle, a light commercial van, had left the highway and hit a tree.

Crews set to work stabilising the vehicle and preparing hydraulic cutting equipment to free the man.

Just before 7:15pm fire crews increased the attendance by a further fire appliance from Danes Castle for personnel due to position of the vehicle.

An update from the fire service at 8:25pm read: “Crews made steady progress to release the severely trapped casualty and confirmed the incident was under control at 20:25hrs.

“Crews used two sets of hydraulic cutting equipment, two Tirfor winches, Stab Fast equipment, small tools and lighting to stabilise the vehicle and eventually extricate the casualty.

“Whilst crews made the vehicle and scene safe, the driver was conveyed to hospital via road ambulance. The incident was then left in the hands of the Police and Ambulance.”

Source: devonlive.com

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