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Incident Date: 11 August 2017
FIRE and rescue crews have helped rescue an elderly man after he reversed his car down a steep embankment.
The 80 year old man became lodged between two trees this afternoon (Friday, August 11, 2017) after plummeting approximately 10 metres.
Two fire engines from Manchester Central along with the Technical Response Unit from Leigh were called to Kentford Drive, Manchester, at 1.23 pm, and were joined by the North West Ambulance Service’s HART team.
The car has crashed into several vehicles and through a fence before travelling down the embankment.
After a dramatic rope rescue operation, firefighters were able to secure the car, remove the roof and rescue the trapped man.
Once the casualty was stabilised, he was placed on a stretcher and lowered down the ravine to be assessed by waiting paramedics.
Station Manager Dave Baxter said: “We used battery cutting equipment, hydraulic cutting equipment, ropes, saws, ladders – at one point we looked on the fire engine and wondered if there was anything we hadn’t used.
“Luckily, the gentleman is in a stable condition and didn’t suffer any life threatening injuries but he was taken to hospital.”
Crews were in attendance for almost three hours making the area safe.