Six hurt in South Lanarkshire crash

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Firefighters work alongside a doctor and paramedics in road rescue.


Six people were taken to hospital after emergency services responded to a collision involving two cars and an articulated lorry on the A71 near Strathaven in South Lanarkshire on Sunday afternoon (22 December).

Firefighters cut the roof from a car to rescue a man and woman trapped inside, while four people were able to leave one of the other vehicles without the assistance of emergency responders.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) spokesperson said: “This was a challenging rescue operation that required the extremely close partnership between the emergency services to free the man and woman from their car and get them safely to hospital.

“Firefighters worked alongside a doctor and ambulance paramedics who were treating the casualties at the scene, ensuring they immediately received expert medical treatment and were safely removed from the car as quickly as possible.

“Hydraulic cutting equipment used to remove the roof as crews from Strathaven, Larkhall and Easterhouse used their specialist road rescue skills to create space inside the car and release those trapped.

“Both casualties were passed to waiting ambulances – the woman was taken to Hairmyres Hospital and the man was taken to Glasgow’s Southern General.

"Four other casualties were taken to Hairmyres Hospital for precautionary check-ups."

Winter often means dangerous conditions for motorists and Transport Scotland has published clear guidance to help road users stay safe whatever the weather. 

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