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.