Woman's crash ordeal

PUBLISHED: 10:25 12 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:24 06 May 2010

Fire crews clamber up the bank to help free the trapped woman

Fire crews clamber up the bank to help free the trapped woman

A woman was lucky to escape with minor injuries after the car in which she was a passenger was involved in an accident on Sunday morning. The car spun out of control in London Road, Old Welwyn, and careered up a 40ft embankment ploughing through trees and

A woman was lucky to escape with minor injuries after the car in which she was a passenger was involved in an accident on Sunday morning.

The car spun out of control in London Road, Old Welwyn, and careered up a 40ft embankment ploughing through trees and hedges and coming to a halt on a garden fence.

The Stevenage woman, who has not been named, suffered minor neck and chest injuries and was treated in QE II Hospital, Welwyn Garden City. By the time emergency services arrived the woman had released herself from the car.

The driver of the car, a woman from Welwyn, was trapped in the vehicle for over an hour before being released by firefighters and taken to the QE II with back injuries.

Paramedics from Stevenage helped stabilise her and administered pain-relieving drugs.

"The car had left the road and ended up approximately 40ft up a grass embankment colliding with a garden fence, small trees and shrubs," said Gary Sanderson, acting communications manager for Beds and Herts Ambulance and Paramedic Service.

"The incident was very difficult to deal with as the car was so high up the embankment.

"Paramedics set up a drip on the patient while the fire service removed the roof of the car allowing more access to safely remove her onto a spinal board.

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