Soldiers lucky to escape crash alive

PUBLISHED: 10:25 31 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 31 May 2010

The scene of the crash on the S-bend on the B184

The scene of the crash on the S-bend on the B184

TWO soldiers were lucky to escape alive from a crash in which the car they were travelling in rolled into a ditch and landed upside down. One of the soldiers, from Carver Barracks in Wimbish was thrown clear out of the passenger window, while the other wa

TWO soldiers were lucky to escape alive from a crash in which the car they were travelling in rolled into a ditch and landed upside down.

One of the soldiers, from Carver Barracks in Wimbish was thrown clear out of the passenger window, while the other was trapped in the half submerged car.

SO Paul Curtis said: "At around teatime on Monday crews were dispatched along with police and ambulance crews to an overturned car in a water-filled ditch at Elder Street, near Carver Barracks in Wimbish."

Although the car's interior was half-submerged in water and the person trapped in the car had to be cut out, neither of the car's occupants - both soldiers stationed at Carver Barracks - suffered serious injuries.

SO Curtis said: "It looks like the driver lost control of the car on a bend, hit the embankment and rolled, ending up upside down in the ditch.

"One occupant was thrown out through the passenger window and was very lucky indeed not to be seriously injured. He suffered cuts to his upper body from where he'd gone through the glass, but in that situation you would not expect the person to survive.

"I think because of the muddy, bog-like ground, he had a relatively soft landing and managed to escape serious injury."

The crash was the third traffic accident Saffron Walden firefighters had dealt with within 24 hours, as two accidents occurred on Monday evening.

At 8.30pm on Monday crews responded to an accident involving an overturned car on Radwinter Road. Fire crews turned the car on its wheels and cleared up the petrol spillage.

Then on Tuesday morning two girls were rushed to hospital after the car they were in was involved in a head-on collision.

The girls, aged between five and seven years, were being driven by their mother in a black Mercedes-Benz estate when the car was in collision with a green Rover 25 heading in the opposite direction.

The crash happened on the S-bend on the B184, less than a mile from Saffron Walden, at about 8.30am.

The mother had managed to free herself from the vehicle, but when fire crews got there they had to prise the door open to free the children, who were suffering from whiplash and shock. They were taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Officers remained at the scene of the accident for most of the day.

"It's been a very bad few days for accidents," said SO Curtis.

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