East Devon fire crews and air ambulance called after injured man is trapped following campervan and tractor crash

A trapped campervan driver involved in a crash with a tractor near Branscombe, East Devon, on Tuesday (May 31) was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The emergency services and air ambulance were called to the A3052 at Southleigh at lunchtime, after reports a casualty was trapped inside a campervan.

After the man was freed from the vehicle he was taken to hospital as a precaution, police said.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “Police were called to reports of a collision involving a tractor and van on the A3052 near Branscombe at around 1pm on Tuesday 31 May.

“The ambulance service also attended.

“The male driver of the van sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital as a precaution.

“The road was clear by 3.30pm.”

Firefighters from Axminster, Sidmouth, Seaton, and a heavy rescue vehicle from Middlemoor fire station, in Exeter, were called to the scene.

There, they used specialist cutting equipment to free a man trapped inside a campervan.

An Axminster fire station spokesperson said: “Fire control received a call from the ambulance service reporting a two-vehicle RTC on the A3052 with an occupant stuck within one vehicle.

“Control immediately mobilised three fire appliances coming from Axminster, Sidmouth Fire Station Seaton Fire Station, as well as the heavy rescue vehicle from Middlemoor Fire Station and supporting officers

“Once on scene the incident commander confirmed a two-vehicle road traffic collision involving a campervan and a tractor.

“Crews immediately stabilised both vehicles and set to work formulating a plan to extricate the casualty from the campervan whilst working alongside colleagues from the ambulance and HEMS (helicopter emergency medical service) who were also on scene.”

The spokesperson added: “Crews successfully removed the door using hydraulic cutting equipment and E-draulic cutting equipment, along with small tools.”

The fire station spokesperson said duty of care of the patient was left with the ambulance service and the scene was left in the hands of police.

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