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Air ambulance deployed to man who fell off lorry

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

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A YOUNG man was flown to a hospital’s trauma centre after he fell from a lorry in South Derbyshire.

The drama unfolded on Monday afternoon just a two miles away from where air paramedics were treating an elderly woman whose arm was crushed by a runaway van.

The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance was scrambled after the 21-year-old man fell about five feet from a lorry in Robin Hood Place, Church Gresley.

East Midlands Ambulance Service paramedics were called to treat the man just before 4pm before requesting the air ambulance attend.

A spokesman for the Air Ambulance Service said the flight took off at 4.03pm and landed just 13 minutes later.

He said: “On arrival, the patient was conscious and being treated by paramedics.

“He was immobilised before being handed over to the air ambulance crew, who flew him to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham for further treatment.

“The patient was stable throughout the flight.”

The flight landed just an hour after the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance came to the aid of an 67-year-old woman was trapped by a van in Swadlincote Lane, Castle Gresely.

The flight landed in fields opposite where the pensioner was receiving first aid from neighbours.

Again, East Midlands Ambulance Service paramedics treated the patient who had received arm injuries before requesting the air ambulance attend.

A spokesman from the Air Ambulance Service said: “She was given advanced pain relief and her arm was immobilised with a traction splint.

“She was then flown to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment, where the crew landed at approximately 3:55pm.”

The spokesman added that the air ambulance can fly their patients to hospital about four times faster than by road ambulance.

He said: “The state-of-the-art helicopter can reach speeds of up to 200mph, which means it can be at an emergency in less than ten minutes.

“It is one of the fastest civilian helicopters available.

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