Driver rescued after car slides 40 feet down embankment

Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service / @WMASPeterBowles

An elderly man has escaped serious injury despite his car going down a 40-foot embankment backwards.

It happened at just before 7.00pm on Ounty John Lane in Stourbridge. 

West Midlands Ambulance Service dispatched their Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and an ambulance to the scene. A trust spokesman said:

“On arrival, our ambulance crew found a car that had gone backwards down the steep slope and had turned over onto the passenger side. The man had been able to climb out of the vehicle through the sun roof but was unable to get back up the slope.

“While HART staff went down to the man to treat him, firefighters were setting up a rope line set. He was complaining of shoulder and back pain, but the injuries were remarkably minor considering where his car had ended up."

The man was immobilised on a specialist MIBS (multi integrated bodysplint stretcher) stretcher and was then lifted back up the embankment to the roadway, before being taken by ambulance to Russells Hall Hospital.

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