Man airlifted to hospital after becoming trapped by glass hearse

Fire and Rescue news.
Fire and Rescue news.

Fire crews responded to an unusual call in Chatteris yesterday, a report of a man trapped in a glass hearse carriage.

Firefighters from Chatteris and Ramsey and a rescue vehicle from Dogsthorpe attended Round House Drove at 11.30am on Thursday, August 4, and used airbags and mechanical equipment to free the man.

He had become pinned by the legs while unloading the horse drawn hearse from the back of an LDV van.

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) sent a rapid response vehicle, ambulance officer, ambulance crew, and the Magpas air ambulance to assist.

At the scene the man, believed to be in his 40s, was treated for a serious leg injury and after he was safely extracted, he was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital for further treatment.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Station Commander Ady Slack said: “The crews were faced with a difficult task with a horse draw carriage trapping an adult within a LGV box lorry . Crews worked well with Ambulance paramedics and Doctors on scene to rescue the man, who was taken to hospital by air ambulance.”