18th Dec, 2017

Sharp eared medic finds crashed car

Leamington Editorial 23rd Jun, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A DRIVER who crashed into undergrowth so deep his car could not be seen from the road was saved by a sharp eared paramedic.

A Honda Civic left the road at a bend on the A3400 at Liveridge Hill, about two miles outside Henley, around 8.30pm on Monday evening (June 22). It went some 20 yards up an embankment and ploughed through trees and bushes.

The 27 year-old driver was trapped in his car but honked the horn to alert medics trying to find him.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Unfortunately, it was almost impossible to see the car from the road. Ambulance staff followed the directions given by the driver over the phone, but an initial search found no trace.

“Eventually, when a paramedic in one of the response vehicles was turning around to continue searching he heard the horn of the car being sounded and followed the noise.

“Staff said the car was so far in that you could barely see where it was even when you knew it was there. The young trees and bushes had sprung back up largely covering the track that the car had taken.”

The car was on its side, and ambulance staff worked with firefighters, who removed the roof, to free the driver.

The man, who was from Birmingham, was complaining of shoulder pain and had suspected broken fingers. He was taken to Warwick Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

The spokesman added: “It was fortunate that the man was conscious and able to phone as otherwise the car might not have been found for a very considerable time.”

 

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