Pensioner in serious condition after car smash


A PENSIONER was in a serious condition in hospital last night (mon) after being left trapped in his car following a collision in the Scottish Borders.

Rescuers said a woman and two children travelling in a second car involved in the crash were also hurt following the smash at around 4pm in West Linton.

Two sets of hydraulic cutting equipment were used to remove the roof from the 83  year old man’s car to free him from the wreckage.

Medics said he suffered neck and back pain and received oxygen therapy at the scene before he was taken by the specialised paramedic vehicle Medic One to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

Mercy crews also treated two children aged nine and 11 – one for a cut to the head and the other with a suspected dislocated shoulder.

The 40-year-old female – thought to be their mum – also sustained a minor injury and was taken with the children by ambulance to the same hospital.

A spokesperson for the fire service said: “Two sets of cutting equipment were used to remove the roof of the man’s car.  

“It was reported that the man required rapid extraction and he was removed from the vehicle using a spinal board before he was taken to hospital”.

Police were still investigating the cause of the accident.