Builder gives first aid to crash victim

PUBLISHED: 07:18 22 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:15 31 May 2010

The scene of the accident where the black Jaguar ended up in a pond – Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

The scene of the accident where the black Jaguar ended up in a pond - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

A QUICK-thinking builder gave life-saving first aid to a motorist who is believed to have suffered a stroke at the wheel. The motorist, who is in her early 60s, was driving a black Jaguar car through a cul-de-sac in Newport when she careered into a garden

A QUICK-thinking builder gave life-saving first aid to a motorist who is believed to have suffered a stroke at the wheel.

The motorist, who is in her early 60s, was driving a black Jaguar car through a cul-de-sac in Newport when she careered into a garden wall and ended up in a pond.

The accident happened at just after 10am on Saturday morning in Pond Cross Way and fire crews from Newport, Saffron Walden and Harlow attended the scene.

But before the crews had a chance to get there, a builder working nearby was quick on his feet to give the driver first aid.

Newport Fire Chief Neil Byford said: "When we arrived there was a builder administering first aid, but the lady was quite unresponsive and she was slipping in and out of consciousness.

"He did very well to keep her airways clear until we could take over.

"He'd seen her go past him before he heard a loud bang. The car had collided with a garden wall and it took that down along with a barbecue and ended up in a small pond.

When the fire crews arrived, they used Clan Lukas cutting equipment to take the roof off of the black Jaguar to free the woman, who is in her early 60s and unconscious at the time.

Mr Byford said the incident could have been worse if the owners of the property had been out in their garden.

"It was lucky that no-one was sitting out in the garden and that no children were playing about as it was a fine morning," he said.

"It's a very small cul-de-sac and it's not the sort of place you'd expect to see a road traffic accident. It was a genuine accident, the sort of thing that could happen to anyone."

A structural engineer was called to the scene due to concerns about the stability of the wall at about 10.45am, shortly before the lady was freed from her vehicle.

An Essex Ambulance spokesman said: "We were called at just after 10am and an ambulance and a rapid response vehicle were sent to the scene where the patient was believed to have suffered a medical condition.

"The woman was semi-conscious when ambulance crews arrived and her condition was stabilised on the scene and she suffered no physical injuries."

Once freed by the fire crews the woman, who police declined to name, was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Dr John Eaton of MEDICS also attended the scene and a spokesman for the emergency doctor service said: "She is making a slow recovery, but she was quite poorly."

They continued: "The quick thinking of the builder assisted the lady greatly until the fire and medical crews arrived.

"The main thing was keeping her still and stable as there's not a lot you can do if someone has suffered a suspected stroke.

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