29th May, 2017

Van driver trapped after Bishops Tachbrook smash

Leamington Editorial 15th Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A VAN driver was trapped for around an hour after a crash with a telegraph pole in Bishops Tachbrook.

It happened next to the recycling plant on Harbury Lane around 2pm on Monday (February 15).

Emergency services – including the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham – attended the scene along with firefighters and police.

It is understood the van was travelling towards Warwick when it left the road and collided with the telegraph pole.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The van was very badly damaged on the driver’s side which made access for ambulance staff extremely difficult initially.

“They treated the man while firefighters cut away the bulkhead and other parts of the vehicle to allow the man to be removed on a spinal board. In total it took about an hour to get him out, such was the level of damage.

“Surprisingly, the 57-year-old only appeared to have broken his shoulder and after further treatment at the scene he was taken to University Hospital by ambulance.”

Ambulance staff said the man had been very lucky to have suffered such relatively minor injuries given the level of damage to the van. They also praised the firefighters for helping to get the man out the van.