THREE young people were lucky to escape with their lives after their car collided with a milk tanker.
The collision happened at about 1.15am on Saturday (October 24) on the A46 between Evesham and Sedgeberrow, which left the tanker on it’s side leaking diesel across the road and ripped the engine block from the small car.
The 48-year-old tanker driver suffered only a broken leg, while the two passengers in the car escaped with only minor injuries.
The young driver of the small car had to be cut free from the vehicle, but after an assessment from ambulance staff was only found to have bruised his abdomen.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found a fully loaded milk tanker on its side and the fuel tank had fractured leaking diesel across the road.
A short distance away was a small car.
“The collision with the tanker had ripped the engine block out of the vehicle and it was lying on the opposite side of the road to the car.
“Despite having a broken leg, the driver of the tanker had managed to climb out of his cab via a sun roof and was lying in the road nearby. The 48-year-old had his leg splinted and was immobilised before being taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
“There were two men and a woman in the car, all estimated to be in their late teens or early 20s.
“The two passengers had managed to get out prior to ambulance staff arriving.
“The driver was still sat in his seat. Ambulance staff worked with fire crews to have the roof removed.
“Once out and on the back of an ambulance, the man appeared to have relatively minor injuries- bruising to his abdomen.
“The woman had minor injuries and was able to walk onto the back of an ambulance. The other man was immobilised as a precaution. All three were taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.
“Ambulance crews were clear, had the collision happened a split second differently it could have been a very different set of circumstances.
“Equally, because all three in the car were wearing seatbelts, their injuries were minimised,” the spokesman added.