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Rush-hour motorists stop to rescue couple trapped in car

PUBLISHED: 12:27 09 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:52 05 October 2010

MOTORISTS stopped to rescue a couple trapped when their car overturned on the A12 Blackwall Tunnel Approach during last night’s rush-hour. Two off-duty policewomen and a doctor travelling home pulled over to help them out of the overturned vehicle which careered out of control and smashed into a barrier on the northbound carriageway

Mike Brooke

MOTORISTS stopped to rescue a couple trapped when their car overturned on the busy A12 Blackwall Tunnel Approach road in East London during last night’s rush-hour.

Two off-duty police women and a doctor travelling home pulled over to help them out of the overturned vehicle which careered out of control and smashed into a barrier on the northbound carriageway at the Old Ford turn-off.

An emergency fire crew arrived and gave first aid from their new Immediate Emergency Kit’ for the first time which had recently been installed on London fire-engines.

The woman had multiple injuries and was taken to hospital by ambulance, but was not critical. The driver was treated for shock.

The off-duty officers were travelling behind the car and stopped to get the trapped couple out. A psychiatrist on his way home stopped to help the injured and direct traffic around the accident before police arrived. No other vehicle was involved.

“It was the first time we’ve used the emergency kit we now carry,” said Fire Brigade watch manager Narinder Dail.

“We arrived before the ambulance and were able to give first aid immediately, now that we carry oxygen and everything for immediate care, including defibrillators for heart attacks if they’re needed.”

The fire crew used the neck-brace from the kit for the injured driver who had suspected whiplash.

The northbound carriageway was closed for 90 minutes, causing major congestion. Traffic had to be diverted onto the A11 Bow Road.


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