September 30th, 2016

Crash victim saved by sharp-eared paramedic after car hidden by undergrowth

Crash victim saved by sharp-eared paramedic after car hidden by undergrowth Crash victim saved by sharp-eared paramedic after car hidden by undergrowth

A MAN who crashed his car into undergrowth so deep the vehicle couldn’t be seen from the road has been saved by a sharp-eared paramedic and being conscious enough to call 999.

Ambulance staff have reported that if the man, who had to be cut free from the car, had not been able to phone for help then his car may not have been found for some considerable time and the outcome could have been much worse.

The incident happened at about 8.25pm on Monday evening (June 22) on the A3400, Liveridge Hill, about two miles out of Henley in Arden towards the M40 and Hockley Heath.

Two rapid response vehicles, an ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

The silver Honda Civic had left the road at a bend and gone about 20 yards up an embankment through young trees and bushes.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Unfortunately, it was almost impossible to see the car from the road.

“Ambulance staff followed the directions given by the driver over the phone, but an initial search found no trace.

“Eventually, when a paramedic in one of the response vehicles was turning around to continue searching he heard the horn of the car being sounded and followed the noise.

“Staff said that the car was so far in that you could barely see where it was even when you knew it was there.  The young trees and bushes had sprung back up largely covering the track that the car had taken.”

The 27-year-old driver from Birmingham was trapped in the car, which was still on its side and mbulance staff worked with firefighters, who removed the roof, to get him out of the car.

The man was complaining of shoulder pain and had suspected broken fingers.

He was taken to Warwick Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

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