Woman rescued from South Lanarkshire crash

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Firefighters remove car roof to free trapped casualty.

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A woman was rescued from her car by firefighters after it collided with another vehicle on Auchingray Road in Wilson, South Lanarkshire on Thursday evening (July 25).

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews used hydraulic cutting equipment to cut the roof from the stricken car, giving both firefighters and paramedics access to the casualty and enabling her safe removal from the vehicle.

An SFRS spokesperson said: "We were called to the road traffic collision around 5:45pm and Operations Control in Johnstone mobilised two appliances from Lanark Community Fire Station.

"Firefighters arrived at the scene to find a woman trapped inside her car and immediately moved to help by stabilising the vehicle and creating space for paramedics to properly access to the motorist.

"They removed the roof of the vehicle using hydraulic equipment then continued to work with paramedics in order to get the woman safely onto a rescue board and to a waiting ambulance.

"She was then taken to Wishaw General Hospital for a precautionary check-up by clinicians. The occupants of the other car involved in the collision were not trapped in their vehicle and an assessment by the ambulance team confirmed they had no injuries."

With heavy rain forecast for the west of Scotland, firefighters are eager for all road users to take steps to reduce the chance of a motoring incident.

The spokesperson added: “In recent days we have seen how the weather can quickly change and so drivers need to be aware there is the potential to be caught out by conditions.

“Bright, low-level sunshine can obscure a driver’s vision and lead to accidents – with reflected glare from surface water something for all road users to keep in mind.

“We have seen sudden downpours and the heavy showers result in slippery conditions and visibility issues, as vehicles ahead spray water vapour into the air.

“The advice for all drivers is to drive at a safe speed within the posted limit, plan ahead, leave yourself time to complete your journey safely, and anticipate the actions of other road users.”

Advice on how to stay safe on the roads is available at http://www.road-safety.org.uk/.