Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Driver 'lucky to survive' pub crash

The scene after a car smashed into a toilet block at the Longford House Beefeater in Cannock, Staffordshire (West Midlands Ambulance Service/PA)
The scene after a car smashed into a toilet block at the Longford House Beefeater in Cannock, Staffordshire (West Midlands Ambulance Service/PA)

A driver whose car smashed into a pub's toilet block is lucky to be alive, an ambulance service spokesman has said.

Emergency blood supplies were taken to the scene of the crash on the A5 in Cannock, Staffordshire, as fire crews worked to cut the motorist free.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said crews, including a hazardous area response team, were called to the scene at around 1.35am today.

A spokesman said: "Crews arrived to find a car that had left the road, travelled over a wall and entered the toilets of the Longford House Beefeater public house.

"The car was embedded in the building and the man driving the car was significantly trapped.

"The man, believed to be in his late 30s, continued to receive treatment to his leg injuries for the 90 minutes that he was trapped."

Once the man was released, he was transferred by ambulance to a major trauma unit for further emergency treatment.

The spokesman added: "Considering the damage to the car and the extensive damage to the building, it is extremely fortunate no-one was more seriously or fatally injured in the crash."

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