Woman rescued from Hamilton crash
29 April 2013
Firefighters free casualty from vehicle in South Lanarkshire
An elderly woman suffered suspected neck injuries in a two car crash in Hamilton on Sunday afternoon (April 28).
The incident took place on a roundabout approaching the busy Raith interchange around 2:45pm.
Two appliances from nearby Hamilton Community Fire Station were mobilised following a request from the ambulance service, with crews on scene in less than three minutes.
The woman remained in her vehicle and reported experiencing neck pain to paramedics and firefighters.
Working closely with the ambulance crew, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) personnel immediately moved to release her safely from the car.
Using hydraulic cutting equipment they separated the roof from the stricken vehicle, allowing paramedics greater access to the casualty. She was then taken by ambulance to Hairmyres Hospital.
An SFRS spokesperson commented: "The firefighters involved at this incident would like to pass on their best wishes to the woman who was injured in the crash: We hope she makes a full and speedy recovery.
"The use of specialist hydraulic cutting equipment and casualty-handling skills are essential aspects of the role of the professional firefighter.
"Our crews work closely with colleagues in the ambulance service and continuously train for this type of emergency.
"In this instance, the quick and effective response of the team from Hamilton Fire Station meant paramedics could gain better access to their patient and we could safely free her from the vehicle."