Road rescue in Glasgow's Southside

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Emergency services work side-by-side to free injured motorist.

Joint exercise RTC
Pic: Firefighters and paramedics rehearse a road rescue in a joint training exercise.

Firefighters used hydraulic cutting equipment to rescue a man after a collision in Glasgow’s Southside on Thursday afternoon (19 September).

The crash between a small van and a car on Dumbreck Road caused the van to overturn and come to rest on its side, leaving its driver trapped.

Crews from Govan and Pollok community fire stations were sent to the scene around 1:50pm following a request from police for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) assistance.

Firefighters arrived within four minutes and immediately moved to stabilise the stricken vehicle and provide emergency trauma care to the motorist.

Working side-by-side with paramedics, the SFRS team cut the passenger seat from the van to allow the casualty to be safely removed on a spinal board. 

He was then placed in a waiting ambulance and taken to the nearby Southern General Hospital.