Casualty rescued following RTC

M48, Coast road

Crews from Avonmouth and Temple fire stations were called to a road traffic collision involving a tipper truck which had collided with the concrete support of a bridge.

One male casualty was rescued by firefighters using hydraulic cutting equipment, a platform and safe working and height equipment. 

Police and ambulance were at the scene and the casualty conveyed to hospital.        

Neil Stradling, Station Manager for AF&RS, said: “This was a very unusual and challenging situation. The driver is believed to have left the road, crossed the grass verge and became lodged behind the concrete supporting pillars directly under the M48 carriageways.

“He appeared to strike the upright supports causing minimal damage to the bridge. This was later inspected by a structural engineer in conjunction Highways England.

“Despite significant impact to the cab, the driver miraculously only had minor injuries. On arrival, we provided access for a critical care Paramedic to assess the casualty, set up a raised access platform and removed the driver’s door.  Once released, the casualty was passed into the care of ambulance crews.

“We worked closely with paramedics, police and highways to make sure the incident was brought to a close swiftly and safely. Each service worked incredibly well and diligently and we would like to thank them for their support.”