Two air ambulances help pair trapped in car

The air ambulance in action
The air ambulance in action

Two air ambulances were called to an accident after a car was involved in a collision with a van.

Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) and sister service Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) were called to the A5 near Towcester at about 11.30am on Tuesday due to reports from on-scene emergency service crews that there were two people trapped in the car.

DLRAA was first on the scene and landed in a field about 50 metres away from the incident, with WNAA arriving shortly afterwards.

Both crews used their specialist extrication skills as they worked together to free the two casualties, with support from East Midlands Ambulance Service and the fire and rescue service.

Once freed, DLRAA set about treating the 89-year-old female passenger of the car, who was suffering from injuries to her chest and one of her legs.

The paramedics assessed the injuries and immobilised the patient to prevent any further movement and injury.

She was then flown to the trauma centre at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) for further assessment and treatment.

WNAA took charge of the other casualty, a 92-year-old male, who had been driving the car.

After assessment he was found to have no visible injuries, but was also taken to UHCW as a precaution.

DLRAA paramedic, Karl Bexon, said: “Both DLRAA and WNAA are part of The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS).

“Being part of the same organisation allows us to provide a collaborative Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) at trauma accidents, meaning we can work together to ensure that every patient gets the very best possible treatment as well as a fast transfer to the nearest major trauma centre.

“Thankfully, in this instance, the two patients are not believed to be too seriously injured, but it is reassuring to know we can rely on our colleagues in high pressured situations such as major road traffic collisions.”

The two services also collaborate together to ensure there is always a HEMS provision across the five neighbouring counties during daylight hours.

This ensures seriously ill and injured people can receive high quality pre-hospital treatment at the scene of the incident, whether on the highest hills of the Peak District or on the M1 in Northampton – and everywhere in between.

Each rescue mission costs approximately £1,400, and as the charity receives no Government and National Lottery funding, it is wholly reliant on public donations to fund these lifesaving rescues – of which DLRAA and WNAA attend on average seven a day between them.

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