Firefighters used hydraulic cutting equipment to remove vehicle’s roof.


A woman was taken to hospital after being rescued from an overturned car following a collision in Dumfries and Galloway on Thursday evening (18 December).

Firefighters, paramedics and police officers responded to the incident, which took place on the B724 near Collin around 5:40pm.

Two Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews were mobilised from Dumfries and firefighters reached the scene less than ten minutes after the call from ambulance control.

The incident commander, Watch Manager Jim Crane, said: “When we arrived the vehicle was on its side and the casualty was still within it.

“Paramedics and police were already in attendance and of course our crews worked very closely with them to ensure the safety of the casualty and of other road users.

“Firefighters used hydraulic cutting equipment to remove the car’s roof while paramedics were attending to her.

“This allowed her to be safely removed from the vehicle and she was taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary by the ambulance service.”

Drivers face increased risks at this time of year as winter weather often causes dangerous surface conditions and poorer visibility.

Emergency responders want people to understand things can go wrong for anyone – no matter how experienced they are behind the wheel – and to take the steps known to reduce the chance they will be involved in a serious collision.

Rain, surface water and ice all increase the risk of a driver losing control and increase the distance required to bring a vehicle to a safe stop.

Bright winter sun low on the horizon or reflected from surfaces can dazzle drivers or cause reduced visibility, so the advice is always to stay aware of the conditions and make sure to drive at an appropriate speed within the limit.

Further advice on how motorists can stay safe this winter is available from Transport Scotland at www.transportscotland.gov.uk/ready-winter.

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