Man crushed by lorry

A MAN was taken to hospital with serious trauma injuries after he was crushed between a wall and a lorry.

James Hore

A MAN was taken to hospital with serious trauma injuries after he was crushed between a wall and a lorry.

The 58-year-old was airlifted to hospital following the accident at a truckstop on the A12 at Boreham, near Chelmsford.

Essex Air Ambulance doctor Mike Donald said: “When we arrived we could see that the lorry had gone into a toilet block, leaving the wall with considerable damage.

“The patient was conscious but in a lot of pain and distress.

“He had clearly suffered a fracture to his right leg, but my biggest concern was that he appeared to have suffered internal injuries to his chest and abdomen.”

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Dr Donald carried out a surgical procedure on the man's chest, splinted his leg and pelvis before flying him to the Royal London Hospital which specialises in treating major trauma cases.

Requests were made for blood to be ready in case the man needed a transfusion.

Dr Donald added: “His condition was life-threatening but because we were able to treat him and get him to hospital so quickly, he was given the best possible chance to recover.

"This job was a difficult one but went smoothly thanks to the excellent co-operation among the air and land ambulance crews and the police, who assisted the helicopter landing in a tight spot.”

The accident happened at about 3pm yesterday and anyone who witnessed it can contact police on 0300 3334444.