Wimbledon Fire Brigade speak out

From the Wimbledon Local Guardian –

A motorist has suffered life-changing injuries after he was crashed into by an HGV. The man, believed to be in his 30s, was severely burnt when he became trapped inside his Nissan Qashqai shortly before 7pm Friday, October 11, in the car park of Sainsbury’s in Merton.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) were called to help rescue the man, who had been burnt, and had major breathing difficulties. Aided by the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, they were able to free the man in about 60 seconds.

An LFB spokesman said: “Due to the nature of his injuries, which are going to be life-changing, we had to quickly extricate the casualty from the vehicle.

Staff from Wimbledon Fire Station said motorist safety has become an increasing problem. The spokesman said: “There is a big problem with motorists at the moment generally.

“There are so many motorists on the roads that we have had a number of incidents ourselves with fire engines and recent months. What they do is drive alongside lorries and really get themselves into places they just should not be. They are not respecting the road are getting themselves into dangerous positions. If there is a lorry there just stay back.”

The spokesman then added

“But obviously that’s completely irrelevant to the case you have asked me to comment on, in which a man has been injured through no fault of his own. I have absolutely no idea why I decided to start wittering on about motorists in general, leaping to conclusions, blaming them for the injuries they are suffering. Maybe I have some kind of problem.”

Firefighters from Wimbledon, along with representatives from Halfords, will hold a safety workshop for motorists in December outside Morrison’s in Wimbledon. Motorists will be able to sit in the fire engine to see what the view is like from the driver’s seat in an exercise aimed at reducing injuries caused to them on the roads.

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6 Responses to Wimbledon Fire Brigade speak out

  1. Paul M says:

    Reading the real item in the Wimbledon Local Guardian, I wonder whether the fire brigade spokesman was directly quoted here, or was he quoted out of context, possibly on a separate occasion, and the rag has then conflated the two items?

    I certainly wouldn’t put it past them, having been stitched up personally by the Daily Telegraph who wanted to use a quote but couldn’t get the quoter to agree to be named, so cobbled his quote together with something else entirely I had said.

  2. Christine Jones says:

    More is the point, Sainsburys bike provision – points for actually doing provision but the one in Ely, you have a shared path that doesn’t quite work and if you use the road you have to go right round the car park or go against the traffic to get to the bike parking – in other words, you are in conflict with both pedestrians or cars which ever way you choose.
    It would be interesting to look at how the Nissan “Cashcow” (that’s what I affectionately call the Qashqai) came into conflict with the cyclist – was it the way the carpark and cycling provision are situated?

    • D. says:

      Do Sainsburys provide proper bike stands, or do they have those stupid ones which are sort of triangular, so you have to lug your bike around to get it in a position where you can safely lock up, like Tesco has?

      • They have installed an enormous load of stands, including as many as you see in the picture here http://elycycle.org.uk/2013/10/14/sainsburys-cycle-provision-a-for-effort-f-for-execution/ again but under a cover. They really went to town, it’s just a shame that getting to it is such an obstacle course. I can see that I should go back and take more pictures, preferably with my trailer so I can show how the U-bend at the bottom of the shared path is impossible with a trailer.

        • D. says:

          Wow – Sainsburys provide proper sheffield stands! I live in Bristol, and my big local Tesco (which I go to because its convenient for work) has these weird stands which are a triangle. To lock the rear wheel and frame, I have to lift the bike back and up onto the low railing they have around the building before holding it in place whilst I lock with the other hand so it doesn’t roll back down again. I complained to them, and they said there’s nothing they can do because they are concreted in (which isn’t actually true – I can see the bolts!). I agree with your comments on the ECC site about having to go all the way around the car park to get to the cycle parking, too – that seems pretty standard for a lot of supermarkets.

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