Pensioner fighting for life after crash

PUBLISHED: 05:57 18 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:06 31 May 2010

The accident scene at the London Road roundabout - Pic: James Burton

The accident scene at the London Road roundabout - Pic: James Burton

AN ELDERLY woman was left fighting for her life after being in collision with a car in Saffron Walden last Thursday. The 71-year-old, who lives in Finchingfield, was on her way to London Road Dental Surgery when the incident occurred near to the mini-rou

AN ELDERLY woman was left fighting for her life after being in collision with a car in Saffron Walden last Thursday.

The 71-year-old, who lives in Finchingfield, was on her way to London Road Dental Surgery when the incident occurred near to the mini-roundabout where London Road meets Debden Road, at about 11am.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: "The woman was attending a dentist when she was in collision with a dark green Citroen Xsara, being driven by a 30-year-old man.

"The woman is in the intensive treatment unit of Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

"We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision, including a woman in a red coat who went to the aid of the woman and asked staff at the dentist to call an ambulance."

A member of staff from the dental surgery, who did not wish to be named, said: "We didn't see anything, but heard a lorry bibbing as it went past, at 11am.

"Working here, we're always hearing cars beeping and horns blaring, so we didn't think anything of it until a patient who walked out of the door said she saw a lady lying in the road."

The member of staff said she called an ambulance before going out to wait with the 71-year-old.

"She was conscious," she said, "she had a cut to her face from her glasses.

"I chatted to her while we waited for the ambulance. When they arrived they administered pain relief then took her to hospital."

Lee Styles, A service manager, said: "She suffered multiple injuries, including fractures to her hip, pelvis, ribs and collarbone, and suspected internal injuries.

"She remained fully conscious, but upon arrival at Addenbrooke's her condition was critical."

The driver of the Citroen Xsara was unhurt. Anyone who witnessed the accident or thinks they can help with the investigation should call PC Martin Ackers at Bocking Road Policing Unit on 01376 330722.

- THERE were two other accidents in the town on Saturday.

At 3pm, a green Renault Clio being driven by a Saffron Walden man left the road on a bend near to Audley End.

The driver suffered minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment.

In a separate incident, another man from the town was travelling along Debden Road when he lost control of his Toyota Corolla and left the road at about 8pm.

The accident happened on a bend near to Fir Tree Hill, and the car overturned in a ditch.

A spokesman for Essex Fire and Rescue Service said: "Firefighters used cutting equipment to free two people from the wreckage of a car after it left the roadway and flipped onto its roof.

"Firefighters also worked with paramedics during the rescue in making sure first aid was given."

The occupants of the car were not seriously injured and were freed by 8.30pm. The road was closed for a short period while the vehicle was recovered.

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