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Five people injured in collision on A21

Five people were injured, three seriously after two cars collided on the A21 near Tonbridge, Kent at 23:50 last night.

Two cars collided head-on whilst travelling along the A21between Pembury and Tonbridge. Emergency services were dispatched from as far as Maidstone and Sevenoaks to attend the incident. A SIMCAS nurse and five ambulances were required to treat the victims, one of whom was trapped in his car. Police and fire crews also attended the crash.

One man was trapped in his car and needed to be cut free whilst the other 4 casualties, all travelling in the other vehicle, had been pulled free of the car by a quick-thinking passer-by. Tony Kemp – a volunteer Immediate Care Nurse with SIMCAS – was called by from his home in Tunbridge Wells to attend the incident and said “it is at times like this that even a little first aid training is invaluable and can potentially save a life.”

Tony commented “this was a very serious accident at a notorious accident blackspot, the teamwork from all of the emergency services as well as from a passing hospital doctor was excellent.”

All five casualties were taken to hospital in Tunbridge Wells by a fleet of ambulances, each casualty was immobilised at scene with full spinal precautions. Police closed the road into the early hours to conduct an investigation into the cause of the collision.

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