Woman rescued after Ayrshire crash

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SFRS crews use hydraulic cutting equipment to free casualty.

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Firefighters rescued a woman trapped in an overturned car near Crossroads Village in East Ayrshire on Wednesday afternoon (26 February).

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) appliances from Kilmarnock and Newmilns community fire stations were sent to the incident, which took place on the A719 shortly before 3:40pm.

Watch Manager Paul Storrie, the incident commander, said: “We arrived to find the vehicle had left the road and was resting on its side so crews immediately moved to stabilise it and assist the woman still inside.

“Firefighters and ambulance personnel were working closely throughout the rescue operation and we used hydraulic cutting equipment to remove the rear seats, which created space for her to be safely released through the back of the vehicle.

“After she was freed from the car the woman was taken to Crosshouse Hospital for a precautionary check-up and of course we wish her a full and speedy recovery.”

SFRS crews are frequently called to the scene of incidents on the roads, where their specialist rescue skills are needed to rescue motorists who have been trapped or injured by a collision.

Variable weather and surface conditions can catch even the most experienced drivers out and easily result in a serious accident.

By taking simple precautions – like ensuring their vehicles are well-maintained and planning enough time to safely complete journeys – drivers can reduce the chance they will be involved in an accident.