East Devon: Fire crews free van driver trapped after crash at Colyford

A van driver trapped in their vehicle after a crash at Colyford, East Devon, was taken to hospital with minor injuries on Wednesday morning (April 28).

Fire crews from Seaton and Colyton were called to Shells Lane shortly after 5.30am after police raised the alert a van had overturned.

Firefighters and paramedics freed the driver through the windscreen of the van, the vehicle was recovered and the road reopened shortly after 8am.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) spokesperson said: “Crews from Seaton and Colyton were mobilised following a request for our attendance from the police to a one vehicle road traffic collision, where the driver of a van had reported their accident stating they were unable to exit their vehicle, after it had overturned, coming to rest on its side.

“Shortly after arriving and assessing the scene crews set to work stabilising the vehicle, before working alongside ambulance paramedics to safely extricate the casualty through the front windscreen.”

The fire service said the incident was brought under control by 6.35am.

“Once released, and the scene made safe, the casualty was left in the hands of paramedics and the incident left in the hands of the police,” said DSFRS.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “Police received reports on a single vehicle collision in Coly Road, Colyford, at around 5.30am today, 28 April.

“The driver was freed from the vehicle by the fire service and taken to hospital by ambulance, any injuries were thought to be minor.

“The vehicle was recovered and the road was clear soon after 8am.”

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