October 25th, 2016

Pedestrian escapes injury after being trapped under car following crash in Leamington town centre

Updated: 2:19 pm, Feb 04, 2016

A PEDESTRIAN escaped serious injury after getting trapped under a 4X4 when the driver lost control and crashed in Leamington  town centre.

It is understood the man in his 20s was trying to stop the Land Rover whose driver appeared to be suffering a medical problem at the wheel.

Emergency services – including Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance – rushed to  Dormer Place shortly before 4pm on Wednesday February 3.

The vehicle had mounted the pavement, knocked over a set of traffic lights and dislodged a lamppost.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) spokesman said crews were told the vehicle had initially come to a stop before continuing along the road and hitting the traffic lights, lamppost and a traffic sign.

The man is believed to have tried to stop the Land Rover after it started off again – only to become trapped.

The WMAS spokesman told The Observer: “The man was freed by the fire service and incredibly appears to have escaped uninjured.

“He was, however, immobilised by medics as a precaution and assessed by the doctor from the air ambulance before being taken to University Hospital in Coventry.

“The driver of the car – a man in his 30s – did not suffer any injuries as a result of the collision, but was treated for a suspected medical condition and taken to Warwick Hospital.”

A woman in her 30s suffered a hand injury while also trying to help assist the driver.

The WMAS spokesman praised the efforts of the passers-by but urged people to be “mindful of their own safety” when going to someone’s aid.