Van driver left with life-changing injuries

Emergency services at the scene of the crash ''EMN-140810-154429001
Emergency services at the scene of the crash ''EMN-140810-154429001

A young van driver has been left with life changing injuries after a collision with a lorry on the A47 near Peterborough on Wednesday.

The crash happened on the A47, at its junction with Cooks Hole Quarry, near Thornhaugh at 7.15am.

The driver of the black van, which left the road and crashed into nearby trees, suffered serious injuries to his head, chest and legs.

The 22-year-old was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, by Magpas’s air ambulance.

Doctor Sarah Hazleman and Paramedic Steve Chambers, from the medical charity, flew to the scene of the crash and provided the critical care needed to stabilise the patient. They sedated him and worked alongside Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue crew to get the man safely out of the van. Fire crews also helped the lorry driver out of his cab.

The van driver was anaesthetised and given intensive care before being flown to Addenbrooke’s where he remains “stable but serious”.

A spokesman for East of England Ambulance Service, which also attended said injuries were ‘life changing’.

Paramedic Officer Dave Stafford thanked the public for their support at the scene and said: “Emergency crews worked extremely hard to rescue the man trapped in the van. We also treated a second man for neck and back injuries. He was taken by land to Peterborough City Hospital.” The lorry driver, a 56-year-old man from Milton Keynes, suffered slight injuries. Anyone with information should contact Cambridgeshire police’s collision investigation unit on 101.