Praise for Joshua's response to car crash

A man whose family home is in Morpeth has been thanked by emergency services for rushing to the aid of victims of a car crash.

Thursday, 23rd March 2017, 3:56 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:08 am
After seeing an accident in Morpeth, Joshua Michie helped out at the scene. Picture courtesy of the University of Aberdeen.

Joshua Michie helped provide assistance to a man trapped in the wreckage of a vehicle while waiting for assistance to arrive.

The University of Aberdeen medical student is also a volunteer Special Constable with Police Scotland.

With his medical and police training, he was also able to advise Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service personnel on how the patient needed to be removed from the vehicle and pass on vital information to paramedics when they arrived.

The service wrote a letter to Joshua’s inspector at Police Scotland praising his response.

After coming across a long traffic jam in Morpeth town centre during a visit over the Christmas break, he decided to investigate the cause and discovered a two-car accident that had happened just moments before he arrived.

Once he had confirmed the family travelling in the first car were not badly injured, Joshua ran to the aid of the driver in the other car that had spun off from the original collision and smashed into a number of other parked vehicles.

He grabbed his high-vis jacket from his boot for his own safety once he realised he would need to remain at the scene.

“The driver of the second car was clearly badly hurt. The impact was so great, his car was practically hidden within the parked cars he’d smashed into,” Joshua said.

“I got into the back seat of the car and reassured him that help was on the way. He was conscious, but really confused and disorientated.”

Joshua instructed another bystander to fetch the first aid kit from his car and he instructed someone else to support the driver’s neck, allowing him to liaise with the fire crews that had just arrived.

He added: “The paramedics had yet to arrive and fire crews were a bit confused as to who I was and why I was involved in the situation with the casualty.

“I explained what had happened and told them that in my opinion, which I stressed was that of a medical student, not a doctor, they would need to cut the roof off the car to safely remove the driver.

“My assessment was useful for the fire services so they could start making preparations with the equipment and I was quite pleased to hear that the paramedics agreed with my assessment that the roof needed to come off once they arrived.”

The driver was cut free and taken to hospital for treatment.

Afterwards, Joshua even found himself helping gather together the motorists who had been struck by the vehicles that had crashed so they could exchange insurance details.

Reflecting on the experience, he said: “The whole thing was over pretty quickly. I wasn’t trying to be a hero or anything, I just realised quickly that there were no emergency services in attendance and I thought with my medical and police training, I would at least be able to lend a hand until help arrived.”

In the letter to Police Scotland to pass on a commendation of good work, the fire service stated that Joshua’s prompt actions allowed for a ‘swift removal of the casualty’.