Four people critically injured in high speed crash
Four people were critically injured in a high speed crash involving two cars on the A28 Canterbury road between Sarre and St. Nicholas at Wade. It was estimated the cars had a combined speed of as much as 140mph.
Fire crews, ambulance staff and a SIMCAS (South East Coast Immediate Care Scheme) emergency doctor worked hard to successfully rescue them.
Dr Alan Jones, a retired A&E Consultant, provided advanced medical care at the roadside. SECAMB responded with, 4 ambulances and a CCP (Critical Care Paramedic), who worked with Dr Jones, assessing and treating the crash victims and used an ultrasound machine at the roadside to scan the patients abdomens and lungs for immediately life threatening injurie
The scene which faced Dr Jones when he arrived was that of 4 trapped casualties, 3 men and 1 woman. He described it as “a nightmare with the cars so badly deformed but at least they were all alive! Because of the damage it was impossible to see what make of cars they were.”
All four victims had serious head injuries, in addition one driver had pelvic and foot injuries a passenger had critical chest, abdomen, pelvic and leg injuries. The male driver of the other vehicle had critical abdominal and pelvic injuries whilst the other passenger suffered abdominal and spinal injuries.
The whole fire, ambulance and SIMCAS team worked to save the lives of the victims and Dr Alan Jones of SIMCAS said “the treatment in situ and the extrication are some of the best I have ever seen” he added “it all worked like clock work”. The casualties were so entrapped, it took 90 minutes to get them all out of the wreckage.”
The life saving treatments that Dr Jones was able to administer included intravenous sedatives and pain killers and fluids to help stabilise the patients and airway devices to keep them breathing thought out the prolonged entrapment as well as, with the CCP from SECAMB, using an ultrasound machine to scan the patients abdomens and lungs for immediately life threatening injuries. The patients were transported by road to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital, Margate for on going treatment where their condition was described as critical but stable.
Dr Neil Iosson from SIMCAS also added that “this is a real example of SIMCAS volunteers working in their local community with SECAMB to save lives.”