A Difficult Rescue Operation

A car left the road, rolled over several times and came to a rest 75 metres further on; the driver lay trapped, half in, half out.

GRA MO Pedro Martinez Road AccidentThis happened within the municipality of Pedro Martínez up in the north of the province on the 28th of last month not long before 18.05h, which was when 112 received a call.

Yet it would be another two hours before the driver could be freed.

The call centre despatched the nearest fire service,  ambulance and the Guardia Civil. When they arrived they found the 70-year-old driver trapped in the wrecked car, which was resting on its side in a ploughed field.

None of the rescue vehicles could cross to where the crashed car was because they immediately began to sink in the mud.

Manhandling the car, they managed to raise part of the it off the ground, just sufficiently to cut through the roof supports and remove it. The trouble was that they had to be extremely careful because the car could topple over and crush the driver.

The driver was suffering from shock and could hardly speak. They placed him on a stretcher and carried him back to the ambulance, but not before immobilising his broken arm. He also had several fractured ribs. He was taken to the Hospital de Alta Resolución de Guadix.

(News/Noticias: Pedro Martínez, Montes Orientales, Granada, Andalucia)

  2 comments for “A Difficult Rescue Operation

  1. December 3, 2023 at 2:50 pm

    Patrick: seatbelts, inconvenient from day to day basis, balanced with being essential on a fateful day. As Clint put it: “Do you feel lucky, Punk?”

  2. Patrick Barry Storey
    December 3, 2023 at 11:05 am

    Big clue: seat belts are not a new invention. They do tend to stop people hitting the windscreen or being thrown from the vehicle. Yes in a very small percentage you may get stuck in a burning vehicle or even drown, but in many cases speed is the key.

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