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Staffordshire pub crash: driver lucky to be alive

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 04, 2014

Staffordshire pub crash: driver lucky to be alive. Picture courtesy West Midlands Ambulance Service

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A DRIVER was lucky to escape with his life after his car careered off the road, demolished a wall and embedded itself in a Staffordshire pub in the early hours of this morning.

He had to be given a blood transfusion as he was cut free from the wreckage in a long and delicate operatio,n and was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire with serious leg injuries.

The crash occurred on Watling Street, Cannock at around 1.35am. A rapid response vehicle, a community first responder, two paramedic officers and the Trusts MERIT and HART teams attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had left the road, travelled over a wall and entered the toilets of the Longford House Beefeater Public House.

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“The car was embedded in the building and the man driving the car was significantly trapped.

“Ambulance crews worked with the Trusts MERIT trauma team and Hazardous Area Response Team, along with the Fire Service to make the scene safe and then treat the man while he was still trapped by his legs.

“The man, believed to be in his late 30’s, continued to received treatment to his leg injuries for the 90 minutes that he was trapped. On request of the trauma doctor at the scene, blood supplies from hospital were transported to the incident to aid his treatment and release from the vehicle.

“Once the man was released, he was transferred by ambulance with the Doctor on board to University Hospital Major Trauma Unit for further emergency treatment. The hospital had been pre alerted to the man’s arrival and his injuries.”

“Considering the damage to the car and the extensive damage to the building, it is extremely fortunate no one was more seriously or fatally injured in the crash.”

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