Axminster firefighters rescue trapped motorists from overturned vehicles in two separate crashes

Firefighters from Axminster were on Tuesday (July 27) called to separate crashes, rescuing trapped casualties after their vehicles rolled over.

Crews from Axminster, Chard and Yeovil fire stations were called to the Weycroft Bridge, on the A358 at All Saints, shortly before 3pm, where they freed a woman trapped in her car after it turned over.

The woman was taken to hospital, the fire service said.

An Axminster Fire Station spokesperson said: “Our crew were called alongside our colleagues from Chard Fire Station and a supporting officer to reports of a single vehicle road traffic collision, which had rolled over.

“Due to the information that the car had rolled over, fire control also mobilised the heavy rescue vehicle from Yeovil Fire Station.

“The vehicle overturned trapping the female inside. Crews used small tools, a reciprocating saw and a trauma pack and assisted paramedics with the extrication of the female.

“The female was conveyed to hospital.”

Shortly before midnight, fire crews from Axminster, Charmouth and Taunton were called to Trinity Hill Road, Axminster, after police reported a car had crashed and rolled over, trapping a person inside.

Firefighters stabilised the vehicle, rescued the casualty and left them in the care of the ambulance service.

An Axminster Fire Station spokesperson said: “Fire control received a call from police stating a single vehicle road traffic collision.

“Fire control immediately mobilised a fire appliance from Axminster and a second from Charmouth, along with a supporting officer.

“Due to information that the vehicle had rolled over, control also mobilised a heavy rescue vehicle which came from Taunton Fire Station.”

The spokesperson added: “Once on scene crews confirmed one person still trapped within the vehicle and immediately got to work stabilising the vehicle and assessing the casualty.

“Crews released the casualty from the vehicle using hydraulic spreaders and left them in the hands of the ambulance service.”

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