Firefighters rescue man after van and lorry collide in South Lanarkshire

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Crews worked closely with paramedics and a doctor to safely release the casualty

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(Above: Firefighters using hydraulic cutting equipment in a road rescue training exercise)

Firefighters freed a man who was trapped following a collision between a lorry and a van in South Lanarkshire on Sunday morning (12 June).

The incident happened shortly before 6:30am on the A702 between Abington and Biggar.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews used hydraulic cutting equipment to release the casualty, who was a passenger in the light goods van.

Ambulance paramedics and a doctor tended to him while firefighters worked to bring him safely from the vehicle.

He was then taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

Both drivers had been able to exit their vehicles prior to the arrival of the SFRS crews, who had been scrambled from Abington, Biggar and Douglas in response to a call from ambulance control.

The first responders were supported at the scene by a specialist heavy rescue vehicle from Glasgow’s Easterhouse Community Fire Station.