10th Dec, 2016

Elderly man escapes from flooded car

Joshua Godfrey 7th Dec, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

AN ELDERLY man had a fortunate escape when he drove through a ford near Pershore and his car became completely submerged.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to Walcot Lane Ford, Pershore at about 10.30am yesterday (December 6) where they found the man cold and wet after he managed to get himself out of his car.

An ambulance, rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and an Air Ambulance attended the scene.

The elderly man was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further assessment.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a vehicle that had attempted to drive through the ford and had become completely overwhelmed by the depth of the water.

“The elderly man driving had managed to get himself out of the vehicle and was treated at the scene by medics.

“Following checks and being warmed up, the man was transferred by ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further assessment.

“The man was extremely fortunate that he managed to escape from vehicle very quickly.

“We would like to remind motorists to exercise extreme caution and not attempt driving through flooded roads.

“This not only puts their life at risk, but also the ambulance staff and other emergency service personnel called to provide a service in these most challenging of conditions.”