Res­cuers have a lot of bot­tle

Road closed duR­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Motorists Extinguish Car Fire With Bottled Water - By Matt Le­clere and Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

@Mat­t_Le­clere Mo­torists who wit­nessed a hor­ror crash have been dubbed ‘he­roes’ af­ter they helped save a badly-in­jured woman trapped in a burn­ing car.

The passers-by also righted the blaz­ing ve­hi­cle and helped ex­tin­guish flames by us­ing bot­tled wa­ter from their own cars while they waited for the emer­gency ser­vices to ar­rive.

The crash, on Satur­day, has left the res­cued woman crit­i­cally in­jured in a Lon­don hos­pi­tal and an­other driver in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion in Ash­ford’s Wil­liam Harvey Hos­pi­tal.

Of­fi­cers say the smash oc­curred when a Re­nault Clio trav­el­ling from Ham­street along the A2070 All the emer­gency ser­vices were called to the in­ci­dent on Satur­day morn­ing in­clud­ing Kent Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice crews from Ash­ford, am­bu­lance paramedics and the air am­bu­lance.

The road was closed un­til 1.30pm while of­fi­cers from the Se­ri­ous Col­li­sion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit (SCIU) in­spected the scene.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer PC Mark Wood­ing said: “For a rea­son as yet un­known and yet to be es­tab­lished the Clio veered across the car­riage­way and sud­denly veered across the car­riage­way in Kingsnorth at about 8.45am. col­lided head-on with the Pero­dua Ke­nari GX Es­tate.

The Pero­dua then over­turned and burst into flames. The Clio then ric­o­cheted into the path of the Polo suf­fer­ing mi­nor dam­age.

“Mem­bers of the public turned the Pero­dua back onto its wheels and ex­tin­guished the fire.

Both ve­hi­cles suf­fered ex­ten­sive front end dam­age.”

Wit­nesses are urged to con­tact the Se­ri­ous Col­li­sion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit ap­peal line on 01622 798538.

It hit a blue Pero­dua Ke­nari GX Es­tate, which then over­turned and burst into flames.

The Clio then ca­reered into the path of a Volk­swa­gen Polo, which suf­fered only mi­nor dam­age.

Mo­ments af­ter the in­ci­dent, quick-think­ing mem­bers of the public righted the Pero­dua and put out the fire.

Post­ing on Kent On­line Paula Tozer said: “My daugh­ter [Phe­ola] was there when it hap­pened and phoned the po­lice to re­port the in­ci­dent, then got out to help.

“The car that was hit flipped over onto its roof and caught fire.

“It was my daugh­ter and a host of other mo­torists who all jumped out of their cars and man­aged to turn the car the right way up again.

“They all put the fire out with bot­tles of wa­ter from their cars and a fire ex­tin­guisher be­fore the emer­gency work­ers ar­rived.

“I think it would have been much sad­der story if they hadn’t all worked to­gether so quickly and self­lessly.

“They are all he­roes in my book!

“Good to see the Blitz spirit is still alive and kick­ing in Kent!”

The Pero­dua driver – be­lieved to be a woman – had to be cut free from the ve­hi­cle and was flown to St Ge­orge’s Hos­pi­tal, in Lon­don, suf­fer­ing with lower arm, tho­rax, ab­domen and up­per leg in­juries.

She re­mained in the Lon­don hos­pi­tal this week in a crit­i­cal but sta­ble con­di­tion.

The Clio driver – be­lieved to be a man – was taken to the Wil­liam Harvey Hos­pi­tal, in Ash­ford, by land am­bu­lance with se­ri­ous in­juries to his up­per arm.

He is be­lieved to be in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion, but re­cov­er­ing in hos­pi­tal.

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