Road rescue in Argyll and Bute

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Firefighters removed the roof from a car after it collided with a tree.

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A man was rescued from a car after it left the road and struck at tree in Argyll and Bute on Thursday night (25 September).

Firefighters, paramedics and police officers worked side-by-side following the collision, which took place on the A828 near Benderloch.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews used hydraulic cutting equipment to free the casualty, who was then taken to Lorne and Isles Hospital by ambulance.

An SFRS spokesperson said: “Shortly before 7:20pm ambulance control notified us they had received reports of a car striking a tree, so we immediately mobilised two appliances from Oban Community Fire Station.

“In consultation with the ambulance team who were treating the casualty, firefighters removed the vehicle’s roof to create the space needed for him to be safely lifted clear.

“Our crews continued to assist ambulance colleagues and made the vehicle safe, while police officers ensured the safety of the public, the casualty and their fellow emergency responders by controlling traffic and maintaining access to and from the scene.”

The emergency services are frequently called to incidents on rural roads and the responders’ specialist skills are often needed to rescue and treat people who have been involved in a collision.

Firefighters, paramedics and police officers are all too aware that their best efforts will not always be enough.

Advice on what motorists can do to reduce the chance they will be involved in a collision is available on the Police Scotland website at: http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/safety-advice/out-and-about/safe-driving/.

*Please note the above image is from SFRS stock and does not depict this incident.

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