Firefighters free casualty trapped in three-vehicle crash near East Devon village

A trapped casualty rescued by firefighters was taken to hospital by ambulance after three vehicles crashed near an East Devon village on Sunday (June 12).

East Devon firefighters from Exmouth, Sidmouth and Middlemoor, in Exeter, were called to Four Elms Hill, near Newton Poppleford, at 12.10pm, where they found a three-vehicle crash and one person trapped.

Crews used specialist cutting equipment to free the casualty, who was taken to hospital by land ambulance.

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) spokesperson said: “Fire control received a call from police requesting our attendance at an RTC involving three vehicles on Four Elms Hill, near Newton Poppleford.”

The spokesperson added: “Once on scene crews confirmed one person physically trapped.

“Crews extricated one person from vehicle using hydraulic and E-draulic cutting equipment.

“One person that was extricated was then transferred to hospital via land ambulance.”

DSFRS said fire control mobilised two fire engines from Sidmouth and Exmouth, along with the heavy rescue vehicle and a support pump from Yeovil.

The fire service said the Yeovil crew was stood down on route and Middlemoor attended after it was found the Exeter-based crew and its vehicles had become available, and were closer to the East Devon village.

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