Driver airlifted to hospital following crash on Smeatharpe racetrack

A driver was airlifted to hospital following a collision involving two cars on a racetrack at Smeatharpe last night (August 26).

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it sent appliances from Honiton, Exeter and Wellington to the scene following reports of a collision at 6.36pm.

A spokesperson said: “The driver of one of the vehicles was trapped inside with injuries. Fire control mobilised the heavy rescue vehicle from Middlemoor, Exeter, due to the details of the incident.

“Crews arrived on scene and got to work with hydraulic rescue equipment to extricate the casualty.”

Paramedics were also on scene, along with the air ambulance.

The casualty was transferred to the waiting air ambulance and taken to hospital.

East Devon asked the fire service to clarify the information it gave the press on this incident, following complaints from staff of the racetrack and their friends. It was pointed out to us that highly-skilled racetrack staff used their own cutting gear to remove the roof of a vehicle before fire crews arrived.

As a result, a further statement has been issued by the fire service. It reads: “The roof of the vehicle was removed by the onsite safety teams at the venue and they also removed the crash cage from the vehicle, and isolated the fuel and battery.

“Our firefighters assisted in the cutting free of a metal rod by which the casualty was trapped and the lifting out of the casualty and his transportation to the air ambulance.”

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