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Hotel porter Dean Smith: Gazza's blood was spilling all over the place

A hotel worker has described how he raced to help former England footballer Paul Gascoigne as he lay bloodied and unconscious after a car crash.

The former midfielder, nicknamed Gazza, was "comfortable" in hospital after the accident on Sunday night which left him with head and chest injuries.

Gascoigne, 43, was one of three people injured when the car they were in smashed into a building on Newcastle's Quayside.

A witness described seeing the dark blue Vauxhall Astra in which the former Newcastle and Tottenham star was a passenger swerve at speed around a corner before veering out of control. It crashed through a lamppost near the Tyne Bridge then into stone pillars surrounding the city's historic Guildhall, at Sandhill.

Hotel porter Dean Smith, 30, a trained first aider, rushed to help Gascoigne, who was unconscious and covered in blood.

He told The Sun: "He was out cold and there was blood everywhere. I thought if I don't do something he'll die. His face was smashed up. He had a terrible cut over his right eye and was face down in blood. It seemed to be spilling out all over the place.

"There was so much blood he was in danger of breathing it back in. I could hear him gurgling. I put him in the recovery position."

Taxi drivers from a nearby rank also rushed to help before three ambulances arrived to carry Gascoigne and the others to Newcastle General Hospital.

A 36-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and was bailed pending further inquiries. A Newcastle General Hospital spokesman described Gascoigne's condition as "comfortable".

He said: "He's not badly hurt; he's sitting up in bed and chatting and laughing with visitors. He's in a comfortable condition and I expect will be with us for a few more days."

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