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Driver escapes through sun roof as car falls 40 FOOT down Stourbridge bank

By David Cosgrove | Stourbridge | News | Published:

An elderly man escaped serious injury – despite his car slipping 40ft backwards down an embankment.

Ambulance service staff with the car. Photo: Peter Bowles

The driver managed to climb out of the vehicle's sun roof but could not get back up the slope and was rescued by West Midlands Ambulance Service staff.

He suffered shoulder and back pain, but the man's injuries were described as 'remarkably minor' by the ambulance service.

The incident happened just before 7pm last night on Ounty John Lane in Stourbridge.

A Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and an ambulance were sent to the scene.

Ambulance service spokesman Murray MacGregor said: “On arrival, ambulance found a car that had gone backwards down the steep slope and had turned over onto the passenger side.

“The man had been able to climb out of the vehicle through the sun roof but was unable to get back up the slope.

“While HART staff went down to the man to treat him firefighters were setting up a rope line set.

“He was complaining of shoulder and back pain, but the injuries were remarkably minor considering where his car had ended up.

“The man was immobilised on a specialist MIBS (multi integrated bodysplint stretcher) stretcher and was then lifted back up the embankment to the roadway.

“He was then taken by ambulance to Russells Hall Hospital.”

David Cosgrove

By David Cosgrove
Deputy Chief Reporter - @davidcosgrove_

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