Woman cut free after car ends up on its side in garage forecourt near Bodmin
A CAR collided with a fuel pump and ended up on its side in a garage forecourt near Bodmin this afternoon.
A man managed to crawl out of the vehicle at the BP Penlan Garage at Four Winds at 12.45pm, but firefighters had to cut away the roof to reach a woman, who was said to be in shock.
It is not clear how the car, thought to be a Ford Fiesta, lost control as it travelled along the A30. The road was closed for around an hour, causing heavy traffic congestion.
An employee at the service station told the Cornish Guardian he had not seen the accident, but at least eight people had been in the area of the forecourt when it happened.
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He said: “The man got out of the car, with the help of some other people. The woman was trapped and she was taken to hospital. I think she was in shock. Some people were panicking.
“The pump was totally damaged. I don’t know what the cost will be but I heard between £8,000 and £10,000. This is the first time something like this has happened.”
He said no fuel was spilt when the car collided with the diesel pump.
A fire service spokesman said: “One major pumping appliance and the rescue tender from Bodmin attended the incident and on their arrival found a single vehicle on its side next to a diesel pump on a garage forecourt.
“One person was found to be trapped in the vehicle. Crews used crash rescue equipment to release the casualty into the care of the ambulance service. They then commenced making the scene safe.”
Police confirmed the road was reopened at around 2pm, after the car had been recovered from the forecourt.
No further details are known at present.