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Man trapped for two hours after car crashes at A515 danger spot

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 10, 2014

09/01/14 RTA A515/B5234
RTA on A515 / B5234

09/01/14 RTA A515/B5234 RTA on A515 / B5234

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A MAN has been taken to hospital with serious injuries following a crash on a dangerous stretch of road, which left him trapped in his car for more than two hours.

The A515 at Newborough was closed for almost five hours on Thursday evening as emergency services staff worked to free the 50-year-old from his Alfa Romeo car, which had been forced off the Tarmac and down an embankment.

He was later taken to hospital with serious leg injuries and was also suffering with chest, head and arm problems.

The driver of a Mercedes Sprinter van involved in the collision also received hospital treatment.

Inspector Darren Oakey, of Staffordshire Police, told the Mail that the man’s injuries were not life-threatening, and investigations were under way as to the cause of the collision, which happened at around 5.15pm.

Fire crews and paramedics also attended the scene.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Crews arrived to find a van and a car that had been in collision. The car had left the carriageway and was found down an embankment and in a field.

“The driver of the van, a man in his 30s, was out of the vehicle on the crew’s arrival. He was treated for a hip injury and was conveyed to Queen’s Hospital in Burton for further assessment and treatment.

“The driver of the car was found to be trapped.

“Ambulance crews worked alongside the fire service to extricate the man from the vehicle.

“Due to the difficult location, the man was trapped for approximately two hours before being freed.”

Calls have long been made for something to be done to make the A515 safer.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to contact them on 101, quoting incident number 471 of January 9.

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