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Members of the public roll car back onto its wheels after crash in Paignton

By Jon_Bayley  |  Posted: February 06, 2013

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Brave members of the public came to the rescue after a couple became trapped in a car when it overturned in South Devon.

The woman was driving a Peugeot 107 outside Oak Tree Yard in Upper Manor Road in Paignton when her car collided with a blue Vauxhall Zafira.

The Peugeot came to rest on its roof leaving the elderly female driver, and a passenger, trapped.

One of the cars ended up crashing into the wall of a property, although it is not clear which car.

Courageous members of the public tipped the car back on to its wheels before firefighters or police had arrived.

Paramedics arrived at the scene, along with firefighters, and found the elderly driver of the 107 conscious and breathing.

She was found to be suffering from a back injury and was placed onto a spinal board and taken to Torbay Hospital.

Police say her injuries are not thought to be life threatening or life changing.

The driver of the Zafira, a woman in 40s, was not injured.

Oldway Road was closed to allow council workers to clear glass from the road and the cars be recovered.

The road was reopened at 11:45am.

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  • cliverowland  |  February 08 2013, 10:53AM

    'Courageous members of the public' - I would say pretty stupid moving somebody with a good chance of a spinal cord injury! Always wait for the medics/paramedics.

  • Mooresy84  |  February 06 2013, 12:45PM

    @robocop - it's not the car manufacturers fault. Of course systems are developed to try and make driving safer, but at the end of the day it is the responsibility of the driver to drive. And to end up on the roof it does beg the question of how fast were they travelling?

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  • nicold  |  February 06 2013, 11:06AM

    "Quote: "elderly female driver" SHOCK!!!" How do you know it may have been the woman in her 40's fault!

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  • nickthompson  |  February 06 2013, 9:42AM

    robocop1982:-----------------------And airplanes that don't crash ???????????????????

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  • iseveryidused  |  February 05 2013, 11:23PM

    Quote: "elderly female driver" SHOCK!!!

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  • robocop1982  |  February 05 2013, 10:38PM

    we should not allow cars without collision avoidance systems. if manufactures want to dump these vehicles on our streets then they should take the responsibility to develop collision avoidance failsafe systems. THese manufactures do not care that they are producing machines which are not safe.

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  • TheGreenMan  |  February 05 2013, 5:36PM

    This sounds a very nasty car crash. Having once been trapped upside down in a car myself, I know full well what a difficult experience it can be. I was very grateful when members of the public came to my aid, although they stopped short of turning my vehicle back over. That's because they were concerned in case I was injured, and they didn't want to take the risk of causing me further injury. Let's hope tthat the driver of the car that turned over this morning makes a full recovery.

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  • Teignager  |  February 05 2013, 5:35PM

    So moving the car back onto it's wheels, and she was suffering from spinal injuries was 'courageous'? Potentially life threatening sounds nearer to the mark!

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