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Driver trapped in car after collision with tree

A car driver was trapped after his car fell down an embankment and collided with a tree alongside the M20 near Maidstone, Kent at 21:08 last night.

Two people were injured when the car lost control in heavy rain and slid down the embankment, hitting a tree and trapping the driver. The incident occurred on the coast-bound carriageway between Junction 4 and 5 of the M20. A SIMCAS Nurse/Paramedic and two ambulances were required to treat the victims. Police and Kent Fire and Rescue crews also attended the crash.

The driver was trapped in his car for more than an hour and needed to be cut free, whilst his passenger received minor injuries. Bob Sheridan – a volunteer Immediate Care Nurse and Paramedic with SIMCAS – was called by South East Coast Ambulance Service from his home in Leybourne to attend the incident.

Bob commented “this was a very serious accident in atrocious weather conditions; the teamwork from all of the emergency services was excellent”

Both casualties were taken to hospital in Maidstone. The driver was immobilised at scene with full spinal precautions.

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