Men trapped in ditch after A28 accident
CAR DRAMA: Two air ambulances scrambled
TWO air ambulance were called after two men were left trapped in a car after a crash with a lorry.
And firefighters had a difficult task reaching the victims as the car was part-tipped into a ditch and deep inside dense branches and foliage.
The A28 had to be closed for nine hours during the delicate rescue operation and following crash investigations.
Ashford Fire Station Watch manager Tim Hanley said: “The car was in a very precarious position and we also had to cut away the foliage.”
Crews also had to use airbags and blocks to stabilise the car while they worked.
Emergency services were called at about 2.35pm on Wednesday last week to the accident close to The Street in Godmersham.
A Citroen Xantia and a refuse lorry crashed, leading to the car ploughing through fencing and into foliage.
Two men trapped inside had to be reached by cutting away the car’s roof and three doors.
One, a rear seat passenger, suffered neck injuries and lacerations to the head and was flown to a London hospital by Kent Air Ambulance.
His injuries were suspected to be life-threatening but he was out of danger after he underwent surgery.
The driver was reached after firefighters also removed the steering wheel and he was taken to hospital by land ambulance.
Police say the car’s remaining occupants were also taken to William Harvey Hospital by road with non-life threatening injuries.
The lorry driver was unhurt and the Surrey helicopter was not needed to transport any patients.
Three fire engines, one from Chilham and a rescue pump ladder each from Ashford and Canterbury were at the scene for up to two hours.
Kent Police’s Serious Crash Investigation Unit attended and investigated the cause of the collision and the road was re-opened at about 11.35pm.
South Kent Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash and anyone who can help should contact them on 01303 289180.