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Woman hit by car helped by hero

A QUICK-THINKING passer-by has spoken of his attempts to help a woman who lay unconscious in a Peterborough street after being hit by a car.

A QUICK-THINKING passer-by has spoken of his attempts to help a woman who lay unconscious in a Peterborough street after being hit by a car.Wayne Burroughs (44), of Thistlemoor Road, Peterborough, was on the bus home at about 5pm on Thursday when it came to a screeching halt at the scene of the accident in Lincoln Road, near The Triangle.

The driver left the bus to see what had happened, before coming back 90 seconds later and announcing to passengers that a woman had been hit by a young motorist driving a blue Ford Fiesta.

Mr Burroughs, who is a trained nurse and first aider, leapt off the bus and rushed over to the woman.

He said: "When I got to the woman, she was completely unconscious.

"There was a huge pool of blood on the floor, which was coming from her head.

"I took off my scarf and wrapped it over her head wound and tried to keep her still and reassure her while also calling the emergency services.

"I looked over and saw the car that was involved. It had a concave shape in the windscreen, which must have been where she made the impact."

Once the ambulance crews had arrived, Mr Burroughs - who works as a newspaper vendor for The Evening Telegraph - assisted them while they helped the injured woman.

He put on a pair of gloves and held her head still while paramedics administered treatment and fitted her with a neck brace to prevent further injury when she was moved to the ambulance.

The woman, who is believed to be in her 50s, was taken to Peterborough District Hospital.

Her condition is currently described by police as "serious".

Mr Burroughs said he was shaken after the dramatic incident.

He said: "The woman was taken to hospital but the road continued to be closed for some time while police carried out their investigations. It was a horrific scene.

"Afterwards, I walked home to clear my head. The whole incident shook me up. The other passengers on the bus had also made their own way home."

Despite his quick actions, Mr Burroughs said he acted on instinct and only did what anyone else would have done.

He said: "I don't want to be called a hero, I just did what any other human being would do in such circumstances."

A spokeswoman from Cambridgeshire police confirmed that an incident had taken place in Lincoln Road and a woman had been taken to hospital.

She said: "We were called to the incident just before 5pm on Thursday, after reports of a collision between a female pedestrian and a blue Ford Fiesta.

"The woman, who was approximately in her 50s, was taken to Peterborough District Hospital by ambulance, where her condition is described as serious, but not life-threatening."

She added that police are currently investigating the incident.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or who has information about the incident, is asked to call police, on 0345 456 4564, or Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

 

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