Kingsteignton crash gets expert team response

A MAN was airlifted to hospital with potentially 'life changing' injuries after his car left the road and ended up in trees on the clay pits road near Kingsteignton.

Emergency services, including the police helicopter, were scrambled following the incident which left the 40-year-old man trapped in his car.

He is thought to have suffered a broken pelvis and legs after the car's roof caved in and the dashboard pinned him to his seat.

The crash happened shortly before 8pm on Wednesday, December 21.

The vehicle left the B3193 from the Chudleigh direction towards Kingsteignton and hit trees just after Sibelco's Preston Manor Works site.

Police closed the road for the helicopter to land.

Paramedics, doctors, police and firefighters from Newton Abbot also attended.

Newton Abbot fire station watch commander Scott Leaman said: "The driver was quite badly trapped and was in a lot of pain.

"Crews had the tricky task of getting the hydraulic equipment to the car which was down in among some trees.

"We quickly assessed the situation and used the equipment to remove the roof and roll the dashboard away from the man so he could be removed safely."

Police traffic officers set up a landing site for the helicopter in Sibelco's staff car park. They used their vehicle headlights to illuminate the area allowing the pilot to land.

Crews were joined at the scene by Dr Simon Scott-Hayward, a British Association of Immediate Care South West doctor.

BASICS provides a network of volunteer doctors who can respond to incidents at the request of ambulance control.

Fire commander Leaman praised Dr Scott-Hayward and the other services for working together effectively.

He said: "Everyone worked together extremely well in what was quite a difficult situation."

The helicopter crew transported the man and medical staff to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, reducing a 45-minute road journey to 15 minutes.

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