A 45-YEAR-OLD woman has been airlifted to hospital after being trapped for more than an hour following a three-car smash on the A515 near Burton.
Staffordshire Police were called to the scene in Newborough at 9.20am yesterday, where a black Audi was involved in a collision with a silver Volvo and a white Scania lorry.
Crews from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, based in Tutbury and Uttoxeter, were also at the scene as the woman was cut free from the wreckage, before being taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke-on-Trent suffering arm, chest and hip pains.
Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
The driver of the Volvo estate was taken by ambulance to Queen’s Hospital in Burton as a precaution after complaining of neck pains. Police said the driver of the lorry escaped injury.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Upon arrival, the emergency services found two cars which had been involved in a collision. Both sustained significant front-end damage.
“The driver of one car, a 38-year-old man, was out of his vehicle. Ambulance crews assessed the man and found he had sustained neck pain in the collision. He was immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board before being taken to Queen’s Hospital in Burton.
“The driver of the second car, a 45-year-old woman, was trapped in the wreckage.
“Ambulance staff assessed the woman and found she had suffered arm, chest and hip pain. Once they had administered pain relief to the woman, ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to carefully extricate her from the car.
“After more than an hour of being trapped, the woman was released and was immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board before being taken to the University Hospital North Staffordshire for further assessment and treatment.”
The road was reopened shortly after 11.15am, police said.