Firefighters hurt after vehicle on blue lights crashes near pub
PUBLISHED: 21:54 09 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:28 11 August 2018
MICHA EDEN ERDESZ
Multiple police cars are at the scene of a crash involving an overturned fire service vehicle.
Emergency services, including an air ambulance crew, rushed to the scene of a collision in Stoke By Nayland, close to The Crown, at around 7.40pm.
A fire service off-road vehicle from Manningtree Fire Station overturned while it was responding to an emergency on blue lights, a spokesman for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said.
Two firefighters were able to get out of the vehicle, and another two were freed by Suffolk firefighters and the ambulance service.
Three crew members have been taken to hospital via land ambulance for further treatment.
Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
It is understood they were on route to help with a field fire in Bulmer when the crash happened.
Police in Suffolk have confirmed several of their units are at the scene of the incident.
Pictures from the scene show several emergency crews helping at the scene.
A member of staff at The Crown restaurant said: “They had their blue light on, and then the vehicle slid and flipped on its side.
“The air ambulance arrived and other ambulances were also down there.
“I don’t know if they’ve moved the vehicle yet but I heard that two of the firefighters were trapped.”
Stoke by Nayland resident Micha Eden Erdész said concerns had been raised in the village about the safety of that section of road for sometime.
“I just hope it’s not as bad as it looks,” he added.
Nigel Warren-Thomas, who lives nearby, added: “Within minutes the streetscape at the end of Park Street, became a seething mass of four police cars, two ambulances, three fire engines, further enjoined by the Suffolk air ambulance which landed just opposite in a field alongside the Crown public house.”
According to fire chiefs, the crash did not involve any other vehicle.
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