Men trapped in ditch af­ter A28 ac­ci­dent

CAR DRAMA: Two air am­bu­lances scram­bled

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Remember When? - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­

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.

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