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Cricket crash driver airlifted to hospital

PUBLISHED: 13:33 23 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:05 23 August 2010

AN AIR ambulance made a dramatic rescue from a cricket pitch in the aftermath of a serious car accident. The 43-year-old man had to be cut free from a dark blue Ford Galaxy that turned over on its roof in Wrotham Road, at the junction of Essex Road at 7a

AN AIR ambulance made a dramatic rescue from a cricket pitch in the aftermath of a serious car accident.

The 43-year-old man had to be cut free from a dark blue Ford Galaxy that turned over on its roof in Wrotham Road, at the junction of Essex Road at 7am on Wednesday (23).

A helicopter from Kent Air Ambulance landed on Gravesend Cricket Club pitch, behind the Bat and Ball pub.

Luckily, groundsman Sid Styles had arrived early and unlocked a gate to allow paramedics direct access to the scene.

He said: "I saw about half a dozen people pushing someone on a trolley to the chopper, it was quite dramatic.

"The chopper blew all the top dressing off the cricket pitch which we spent all day on yesterday!"

Brats Nursery manager, Stacey Ingham, based in the club's grounds, saw the chopper land and said: "It was eerily quiet until the helicopter came in. All the traffic was stopped on Wrotham Road and diverted.

"It was weird seeing a helicopter land on a cricket pitch."

Green Watch manager at Thameside Fire Station, Lawrence Pater, said: "When we arrived the car was on its roof and a man was trapped inside by his injuries.

"We worked with the ambulance service to release him about an hour later."

A spokeswoman for South-East Coast Ambulance Service said the victim was air lifted to Romford Hospital with suspected back injuries.

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