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‘It sounded like an explosion’: public help trapped woman after crash in Gainsborough Street, Sudbury

PUBLISHED: 17:47 14 March 2017 | UPDATED: 08:33 16 March 2017

The scene of a crash in Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, on March 14, 2017. Picture: Peter Gray

The scene of a crash in Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, on March 14, 2017. Picture: Peter Gray

Peter Gray

An eyewitness has described how a good samaritan climbed into an overturned car through the boot to help a woman who was trapped inside.

The scene of a crash in Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, on March 14, 2017. Picture: Peter Gray The scene of a crash in Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, on March 14, 2017. Picture: Peter Gray

Stuart Ayling made the call to the emergency services after the collision happened outside his office in Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, around 4.35pm today.

The 40-year-old said: “I heard this almighty bang, the building shook so it was quite a force.

“It sounded more like an explosion, it was a very strange noise - a very deep, rumbling noise.”

The car rolled onto its side but Mr Ayling said if it wasn’t for it hitting a bollard on its way over the vehicle would have continued onto its roof and possibly into the building where he works.

The scene of a crash in Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, on March 14, 2017. Picture: Peter Gray The scene of a crash in Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, on March 14, 2017. Picture: Peter Gray

“The lady was very shocked and dazed,” he said.

“I got on the phone to the ambulance. A couple of other people were there and trying to get the door open but it was locked.”

Mr Ayling said he was talking to the female driver and he managed to get her to press a button to open the boot of the car.

“Once I realised she could speak back to me that sort of instantly put my mind a little bit at rest,” he added.

Then a woman who is a trained physiotherapist and works for Stour Valley Vineyard Church, which has an office in Gainsborough Street, climbed into the car through the boot to speak to the motorist, keep her still and wrap her in a blanket.

“She was great,” Mr Ayling added. “She was really good, she took control of keeping it a nice and calm environment.”

Emergency services arrived a short time later.

“Once the ambulance got there you sort of relax and think ‘that’s our bit over, it’s over to the professionals’,” said Mr Ayling, who is a youth worker and project manager at charity the Eden’s Project.

Crash in Gainsborough Street, Sudbury. Picture: Stuart Ayling Crash in Gainsborough Street, Sudbury. Picture: Stuart Ayling

Firefighters used cutting equipment to free the woman from the car, place her onto a stretcher and into an ambulance.

Mr Ayling praised the professionals who helped.

He said: “All the emergency services did a fantastic job, they were really great. We are really lucky to have them.”

A police spokesman said the driver was “conscious and breathing”.

The ambulance service has been contacted to find out the woman’s condition.

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