Drama as firefighters use ice rescue path to free woman trapped in Fenland ditch after crash

A MOTHER and son have been taken to hospital after their car left a Fenland road and crashed into a ditch leaving the woman trapped.

Firefighters from Chatteris and Ramsey cut the woman out of the black Land Rover she was driving along Benwick Road before it came to rest in the ditch, about 200 metres away from Doddington playing field.

Both family members had suspected neck injuries were taken to Hitchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon.

Chris Hardy, from Coventry, is on holiday at Field End Water Caravan Park saw the incident and rushed to the scene.

He said: “I was just having a look around outside my caravan when I saw the car leave the road. It just barrel-rolled into the ditch. I suppose the wind could have pushed the car off the road.”


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Station Manager Karl Bowden said: “We got the call around 9.30 this morning and fire crews were on the scene within 7 minutes.

“When we got to the scene the passenger was already out of the vehicle and he was taken to hospital straight away. Neither of the injuries are thought to be serious but as a precaution they are being taken to hospital.”

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The mother was put on a stretcher and was carried over an inflatable ice rescue path, usually used for river rescues, to an ambulance.

A fire service spokesman said: “As the woman was trapped on the opposite side of the bank to the road they had to get her out from that side of the ditch. Because the ditch is so deep, the easiest way to get across was by using the ice rescue path.”

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