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Airlift drama after two crashes on A38

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 17, 2014

  • 17/02/14 A38 RTC Southbound RTC A38 southbound between Branston and Claymills

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THE air ambulance was called out to the A38 at Burton twice yesterday after crashes closed sections of the road.

In one incident, the a38 was closed in both directions after a car landed on its roof near a central reservation on the A38 southbound between Branston and Claymills, with debris also seen on the opposite side of the carriageway.

Earlier that day, a female driver was airlifted to hospital after suffering neck and back pain and complaining of abdominal injuries after her car rolled down an embankment and landed upside down in a stream.

The driver of the black Peugeot 107 was airlifted to Royal Derby Hospital with non-life threatening injuries after the incident shortly after 9.50am.

Police closed part of the northbound carriageway of the A38 near the junction with the A5121 Wellington Road, and it was reopened by noon.

An ambulance, a senior ambulance officer in a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance from rushed to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene crews found a single vehicle that had left the carriageway and was found overturned in a stream.

“The driver of the car, a woman in her early 20’s, had managed to get herself out of the vehicle and was on the side of the road when ambulance crews arrived.

“The woman was treated for neck, back and abdominal pain and was fully immobilised at the scene.

“The casualty, who was extremely wet following the incident, was wrapped in a specialist blanket to keep her warm before being airlifted to the Royal Derby Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“The hospital was pre-alerted and medics were on standby awaiting the arrival of the air ambulance.”

The second incident happened just before 3pm where a white Peugeot landed on its roof on the southbound carriageway.

The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance was dispatched to the scene.

The driver of the Peugeot, a 50-year-old man, managed to escape from the vehicle before the arrival of the emergency services at 2.57pm.

The incident also happened between Claymills and Branston.

It is not believed the man was seriously injured and was taken to hospital via land ambulance by East Midlands Ambulance Service.

There was damage caused to the central reservation and debris on the opposite carriageway and it is not yet clear how the vehicle ended up on its roof. There were no other vehicles involved.

A spokesman for Staffordshire police which closed to carriageways, said: “We were called out at 2.50pm to reports of a white Peugeot vehicle.

“We closed both directions of the A38 to allow for recovery and for the air ambulance to land.

“The driver did not have serious injuries and was taken to hospital via land ambulance to be checked over.”

A spokesman for East Midlands Ambulance Service added: “We were called to the scene at 2.57pm on the A38 after a vehicle had rolled over.

“Our fast reponse vehicle was on the scene and the air ambulance arrived at 3.22pm but it was not required and left soon afterwards.”

Followers of the Mail’s Facebook page also asked when will traffic be slowed on the A38 after the two crashes were the latest in a long line of incidents which have caused major traffic jams on the main route.

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