Inquiry launched into horrific crash

A POLICE inquiry was launched yesterday after three people were left with serious injuries after being cut free from a car after it careered off the road.

A POLICE inquiry was launched yesterday after three people were left with serious injuries after being cut free from a car after it careered off the road.

Police were called to attend a dispute between neighbours immediately prior to the crash, which left one of the men trapped inside the badly damaged car for more than 90 minutes.

Officers arrived at Clearwater, Colchester, shortly before 10pm on Thursday . A car then left the scene, heading towards the Hythe. After mounting the footpath on nearby Abbot's Road, it then smashed through a fence before hitting the tree and the pole.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission but last night Essex Police were unable to provide any more details.


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A force spokesman said: “We are waiting to see how the Independent Police Complaints Commission handles the matter before we can comment any further.”

Two men, aged 34 and 35, and a 19 year-old woman were released from the green Ford Escort by Colchester fire crews using heavy-duty hydraulic cutting equipment.

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Essex Ambulance Service paramedic Alistair Bartlett said: “The man driving suffered a fractured pelvis and back injuries and he was taken to Colchester General Hospital.

“Fire crews battled for more than one-and-a-half hours to get the front seat passenger out because of the level of damage to the vehicle.”

Fire crews had to cut through the telegraph pole in order to free the man.

The female passenger, who was freed fairly quickly, was also taken to hospital, suffering possible spinal damage.

Three ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, two paramedics and an emergency doctor attended the incident.

Emergency medical technician, Jennie Headworth, said: “This was a real team effort between all of the emergency services.

“Had it not been for the level of co-operation, the patients would not have received the level of care they did.”

Police are asking witnesses to contact Sgt Paul Whittingham of Stanway Road Policing Unit on 01206 762512.

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