Teenager seriously injured after tree falls on car

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A tree has landed on-top of a car during yesterday’s strong winds leaving one 19-year-old seriously injured in Rugby Borough.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to an incident on the A45 between Stretton-on-Dunsmore and Rugby at around 6pm yesterday (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a critical care paramedic and doctor from the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance base, who responded to the incident in a car, were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The large tree had fallen onto a car, travelling on the A45, and had smashed the windscreen. The three occupants of the car were assessed by ambulance crews. The driver and the rear seat passenger, both men in their 40s and 50s, were said to be ‘walking wounded’ and had suffered minor injuries.

“The front seat passenger, a 19 year old man, sustained face and head injuries as well as suspected chest injuries. Due to the man’s condition, the doctor took the decision to anaesthetise him on scene to help stabilise him.

“The man was immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board before being taken by land ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. The driver of the car was also taken to the same hospital as a precaution.”