Firefighter cut free from wreckage

RTC Blagdon
RTC Blagdon

AN off-duty firefighter had to be cut free by colleagues after a crash near Blagdon.

The accident happened on Blagdon Hall Road at about 5.20pm on Thursday when a saloon car and 4x4 vehicle collided.

The driver of the saloon car was taken to hospital with minor injuries by ambulance.

But the 4x4 driver, a 47-year-old Watch Manager from West Hartford Community Fire Station, was trapped in his vehicle.

Two fire crews from West Hartford and Pegswood attended and released the man using hydraulic cutting equipment.

He was flown by the Great North Air Ambulance to Newcastle’s RVI with chest, abdominal, pelvic and leg injuries and is still receiving treatment there for neck and back injuries.

A spokesman for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service said: “This has been a difficult time for the family and the fire service personnel directly involved in the extrication.

“Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service continues to provide support to all those involved and would like to wish the injured officer a speedy recovery.”