Glasgow taxi driver rescued after crash

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Hackney cab left the road in the West End and collided with a building.

Hydraulic Cutting (cropped) 

Firefighters used hydraulic cutting equipment to free a man injured when the taxi he was driving crashed into the basement of a Glasgow tenement on Saturday (July 20).

The incident involved two cars and took place on Sauchiehall Street at the junction with Kelvin Way, in the city's West End, around 7:30pm.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said: "We were called to the scene of a road traffic collision by our colleagues in the police, after a taxi crashed into the basement area of a tenement block.

"Operations Control in Johnstone immediately sent two appliances from Maryhill and Yorkhill community fire stations, and crews were on scene less than two minutes later.

"Firefighters worked closely with a paramedic to ensure an injured man could be safely released from the taxi, with our team using hydraulic cutting equipment to get him from the vehicle.

"He was complaining of discomfort in the legs as well as chest pain. After being freed by firefighters he was taken by ambulance to the Western Infirmary to receive further medical treatment.

"Two women involved in the incident were assessed by ambulance personnel but did not appear to have sustained any injuries.

"Police Scotland officers evacuated the flats above the scene of the crash as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of residents, until the arrival of building control officers from Glasgow City Council."

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