Road Traffic Collision, Goudhurst, Kent
A lone car was involved in a collision with a tree on the evening of 13th November on Winchett Hill, on the outskirts of Goudhurst, Kent. SIMCAS volunteer Tony Kemp was among the first ambulance response to arrive to find a critically injured man in the driver seat. In the collision with the tree, the drivers side and roof had been crushed into the passenger compartment with the driver suffering serious injuries as a result. His dog which was unrestrained in the car also suffered leg injuries and was cared for by local householders until the arrival of a vet.
Tony said “the drivers condition was critical and it was necessary to remove him from the car without delay so that he could be effectively treated, the combined work of all involved (ambulance crew and fire service) was excellent and this rapid but controlled extrication undoubtedly saved his life.” Tony working with the ambulance crew stabilised the patient and prepared him for evacuation under the care of the air ambulance team who arrived by air landing in a nearby school playing field. Tony commented “key to this chaps survival was rapid advanced care and preparation for his transfer to a London Hospital, night time operations for the air ambulance inevitably means that things take a little longer and so being able to both treat and prepare the patient for his transfer meant that no time was wasted.”
The driver remains poorly in Intensive Care at the time of writing.