Road rescue in Wishaw

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Firefighters used hydraulic cutting equipment to allow paramedics to lift a woman clear of a car.

A woman was taken to hospital after being released from her car by firefighters following a collision in Wishaw on Wednesday evening (19 August).

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews were sent to the incident at Caledonian Road in the North Lanarkshire town in response to a call from ambulance control made at 6:45pm.

Two appliances from Motherwell Community Fire Station reached the scene of the three-car collision within six minutes.

Watch Manager John Barr, the incident commander, said: "When we arrived the ambulance crews were already attending to a woman inside one of the cars.

"She wasn’t physically trapped but paramedics required space to safely remove her, so we used hydraulic rescue equipment to cut the roof from the car, which allowed the casualty to be lifted clear."

After being released from the car the woman was moved to a waiting ambulance and taken to Wishaw General Hospital. The SFRS crews left the scene around 7:35pm.

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