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Rescue operation to free trapped driver in St George's Road

By citizennick  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

  • Accident scene on St George's Road this morning

  • Accident scene

  • Firefighters at the scene of the accident on St George's Road

  • Accident scene on St George's Road

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AN OVERTURNED Mini-Cooper has forced the closure of St Georges Road in Cheltenham this morning.

The injured driver is a 54-year-old woman from Cheltenham.

She was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital with back and arm injuries which are not life threatening or life changing.

She was conscious when emergency services arrived at the scene and throughout the rescue.

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It is understood she was travelling at low speed in her red Mini Cooper towards the town centre when she lost control of the car, crossed into the opposite lane and clipped a parked Rover. Her car flipped onto its side and she was trapped inside.

The emergency services were called at 7.09am and it took firefighters around an hour to free the woman from the car. They had to cut the roof off the car.

The car was recovered at 8.50am and St George’s Road was re-opened at around 9am.

Rob Craig, 41, watched the emergency services working to free the driver from the car.

He said: “They were working to get her out of the car when I got here at around quarter to eight. They’ve cut off the roof.

“They got her out around eight, I think, and they were seeing to her and then they put a neck brace on her and then put her on the stretcher and took her to the ambulance.

“I just hope she’s ok. Obviously it was a really bad accident.”

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  • EllJay1  |  November 16 2012, 9:11PM

    timmy - it's the same reason that cars slow down going past accidents - they have nothing else better to do with their lives.

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  • timmy0811  |  November 16 2012, 8:59PM

    Reading this story - Why would anybody stand around and watch the seen of an accident for at least 15 minutes?

  • tishwash  |  November 16 2012, 6:10PM

    "From a pure stats point of view, women are the safest drivers, young drivers are the most dangerous and are more likely going to have high speed crashes and the elder a person over 70 is likely they are to have a low speed accident."" Which set of statistics are you taking account of ? How about the "men have more accidents than women" ? It doesn't take into account that generally there are more male drivers, it's done on a number not a percentage.

  • tishwash  |  November 16 2012, 6:07PM

    low speed? really ? Was she paying attention ?

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  • Dr_Hfrrrrr  |  November 16 2012, 4:41PM

    How the hell do you roll a Mini at 'low speed'? They are very stable cars with a very low centre of gravity. As it was a woman driver presumably she was checking her make up or became distracted by thinking about kittens or something?

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  • NibNobs  |  November 16 2012, 2:12PM

    I feel sorry for the owner of the Rover 75, the insurance pay-out will only be a few hundred quid as they are near-worthless these days, the problem will be what else can they get with the small ammt of money, apart from another Rover 75 of course.

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  • wildman  |  November 16 2012, 12:33PM

    @Lord_Gaga_ what an idiotic statement!! have some respect, this woman luckily isn't seriously injured. The police will investigate the cause of the accident, though I believe technically there is no such thing as a motoring accident, there is always a reason, (I am not saying that this driver falls into any of these, I am just giving them as an example) whether it be mechanical, road conditions, driver error, driving under the influence of either drink or drugs, not concentrating on the road, driving too fast for the road conditions. From a pure stats point of view, women are the safest drivers, young drivers are the most dangerous and are more likely going to have high speed crashes and the elder a person over 70 is likely they are to have a low speed accident.

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  • halfdome1  |  November 16 2012, 11:44AM

    @ LOrd Gaga - is it really? Please note two recent and rather sad stories on TiG (one of which features partly today) regarding deaths of male drivers. Oh yes, and there is the one of the lunatic drink driver too.

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  • Lord_Gaga_  |  November 16 2012, 11:24AM

    The driver of the Ford Ka was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital, in Oxford, following the incident where she was treated for shock. this is from the story about the girl who was knocked over my question still stands, however red marks i get!

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  • halfdome1  |  November 16 2012, 11:08AM

    There is a rather large dent in the gold (Rover) in the background of the 3rd picture. I was thinking along the lines of BellyF - you would have to make an effort to roll a mini.

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