‘Absolute chaos’ as two cars collide
NEIGHBOURS have described the ‘absolute chaos’ in Chalfont St Giles following a horror smash on the A413, which left one person hospitalised with serious injuries.
Firefighters had to rescue an injured elderly couple with the jaws of life, and an air ambulance was called to the scene at around 12.30pm on Wednesday last week.
Two fire engines, one from Gerrards Cross and one from Amersham, also rushed to the busy stretch of road to reports of a headon collision between a red Toyota Yaris and a black Volkswagen Golf.
Faye Johnson, 42, said: “I had just got home and after about three minutes there was a bang. I heard a noise and went out, and the guy who was just behind the red car was out talking to an older couple.
“I talked to the driver in a black Golf. I asked if she was OK, and she kept asking me what was going to happen. I think she was in shock.
“The other driver who was talking to the older couple called 999.”
She added: “It was horrible. I thought maybe I didn’t put my handbrake on. It wasn’t a good scene.”
Keith Powell said car crashes are an ongoing problem along that stretch of road: “It was just carnage. I mean it’s been a problem ever since they started the roadworks along here.
“The sheer speed of the traffic down this road.
“It’s just not safe. It needs some sort of speed camera along this section.”
Another woman was released before the emergency services arrived.
A South Central Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 12.37pm and notes indicate it was a single vehicle accident. There was one male and one female patient in the vehicle. We sent a rapid response vehicle, an officer, two ambulances and the air ambulance to the scene.
“We took one patient to Wexham Park with minor injuries and one patient to the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, with serious injuries.”
The head-on crash blocked the road in both directions, as debris from the pile-up blocked the road.
Crash scene: The roof of one of the cars had to be cut off in order to get one of the victims out