Pensioner cut free as car flips in Stafford crash
An elderly driver had to be cut free through the roof of his car after it flipped on its side in a three-vehicle crash today.
The 77-year-old man was trapped for two minutes and was one of three people taken to hospital after the crash on the A34 in Stafford.
An air ambulance and two land ambulances were sent to the smash, which happened near Queens Retail Park shortly after 1pm and involved two vans and a car.
Two ambulances were sent to the crash, along with a paramedic officer, and the A34 Queensville Bridge was closed between Silkmore Lane and St Leonard's Avenue.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "An elderly man was trapped as a result of the damage caused to his vehicle.
"Following an initial assessment from ambulance staff, the fire service worked to cut the man free with his condition continually being monitored throughout. He was trapped for approximately 20 minutes.
"Thankfully the man appeared to have avoided serious injury in the incident but was treated for chest pain.
"He was then transported to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.
"There were a further two patients, both from the van.
"A man and a woman, both believed to be in their 50s, were assessed at the scene and treated for minor injuries before also being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital as a precaution."
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said a blue Vauxhall Meriva, a white Citroen Nemo van and a red Fiat Fiorino were involved in the crash.
"The Vauxhall Meriva ended up on its side and the 77-year-old driver had to be cut free by firefighters," the spokesman added.
"He was taken to hospital by ambulance but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening. There are no other reported injuries.
"The road is currently closed from the Queensville roundabout and motorists are asked to avoid the area while the damaged vehicles and debris are removed.
"Any witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage are asked to call 101 and quote incident number 318 of 18 June."
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