Lin­ford sprints to fire­fight­ers’ aid

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OLYMPIC great Lin­ford Christie sprinted into ac­tion to as­sist fire­fight­ers from Hilling­don fol­low­ing a col­li­sion on the A40.

The for­mer 100m cham­pion was quick off the blocks af­ter two cars col­lided on Thurs­day, May 26 in Den­ham.

Wit­nesses who di­alled 999 were un­able to give a pre­cise lo­ca­tion, but the 1992 gold medal­list had been pass­ing and was able to di­rect a crew from Hilling­don fire sta­tion when they ap­proached.

Blue watch man­ager Jonathan Ker­slake, from Lon­don Fire Brigade, praised the ath­lete for help­ing fire­fight­ers find the scene and pro­vide as­sis­tance as quickly as pos­si­ble.

“Lin­ford Christie had been pass­ing by when it hap­pened and had pulled over to help.

“He waved us to the cor­rect lo­ca­tion as the ad­dress on the call slip was vague, so it saved us valu­able time in ar­riv­ing,” he said.

“After­wards he in­vited us to visit him at the track where he is train­ing Olympic hope­fuls. He was un­be­liev­ably nice and giv­ing with his time.”

Mr Ker­slake added that the in­ci­dent high­lighted the im­por­tance of pro­vid­ing the most ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion pos­si­ble when call­ing the emer­gency ser­vices.

Two peo­ple were treated at the scene by Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice fol­low­ing the col­li­sion on the A40 east­bound slip road in Den­ham, shortly be­fore 10.30am. One en­gine from Hilling­don fire sta­tion and one from Buck­ing­hamshire Fire and Res­cue ser­vice at­tended the in­ci­dent.

Heroes: Lin­ford Christie with fire­fight­ers from Hilling­don, whom he helped di­rect to the scene of a crash on the A40

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