Good Samaritans aid elderly couple in crash

A FORMER army man came to the aid of an elderly couple following a three-vehicle crash in Northumberland.

The incident happened on the A696, two miles north of Belsay, at 3pm last Wednesday and it involved a Land Rover, a Nissan Note and an articulated lorry.

Heating and gas trader Michael Cassidy and his apprentice Adrian Farr arrived at the scene soon after the crash happened.

Mr Farr served in the armed forces and he did St John Ambulance training, which enabled him to be the team medic on a tour to Northern Ireland.

Describing what he did at the scene, the Ashington resident said: “I went to the Land Rover and one of the guys had head and leg injuries but he was not too badly hurt.

“The lorry driver was shaken but all right, so I went to the Nissan as the driver and passenger were trapped inside.

“The lady had her head slumped down and was unconscious, so I put her upright to keep her head straight and when she regained consciousness I told her to keep her eyes open.

“I was also talking to the man as he was in shock. He had injuries to his arm and shoulder and when another man came to help, I asked him to keep the injured man’s arm elevated so he wouldn’t lose as much blood.

“The emergency services took over when they arrived and a fire officer said I had done a good job. It was amazing how much the medical training came back to me when I needed to use it.”

Mr Cassidy was full of praise for his apprentice, saying: “Adrian was fantastic, I was amazed at how calm he was.

“He put the man and woman in the car into the correct positions and kept talking to them to reassure them that people were coming to cut them free.”

The couple and Land Rover driver were taken to the RVI in Newcastle.

A police spokesman said the woman in the Nissan remains in intensive care, where her condition is described as critical but stable. The other two have either been discharged from hospital or moved to a normal ward.