TWO men were in a serious condition in hospital last night after a horror smash near Burton.
The 33-year-old driver of a Ford Focus and his passenger were both airlifted to hospital after being cut out of the wreckage following the crash at the junction of Bretby Lane and Mount Road, in Bretby, at 12.15pm yesterday.
Paramedics and fire crews from Burton and Swadlincote worked at the scene as the stricken pair were rescued from the car, which came to rest against a hedge, almost on its side.
Due to the severity of the men’s injuries two air ambulances were drafted in, with the driver and passenger taken to separate hospitals in Derby and Coventry.
The driver of the other car involved, a black BMW, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
Derbyshire Police said it was not currently known whether the injuries the two men sustained were life-threatening or would leave lasting damage.
Part of the road was closed following the crash as crews cleared the area.
A Derbyshire Police spokesman said: “Two air ambulances attended. The driver and passenger from the Ford Focus were taken to hospital and the driver from the BMW had minor injuries.
“The Ford ended up almost on its side and a lamppost was also hit.”
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman added: “The patients are believed to have serious injuries. One was taken to University Hospital Coventry and the other to the Royal Derby Hospital.”
The incident was a hot topic among customers at garden centre Planters of Bretby, just yards from the scene of the crash, where one of the air ambulances touched down.
A member of staff told the Mail: “The air ambulance landed just outside the centre. I have a feeling they must have shut Bretby Lane, it has been quiet here this afternoon.
“I didn’t see anything because the entrance to the centre is actually quite far away from where we are. I have only heard from the customers.”