Wife's horror after car fell on husband

A WIFE has today told of the horrific moment a car fell on top of her husband pinning him to the ground.Barbara McCabe had left her house, in Swallow Road, Ipswich at around 2pm yesterday to take her dog for a walk.

A WIFE has today told of the horrific moment a car fell on top of her husband pinning him to the ground.

Barbara McCabe had left her house, in Swallow Road, Ipswich at around 2pm yesterday to take her dog for a walk.

She had left her husband, James, in the driveway underneath the Renault Espace people carrier car which he was working on and had used a jack to prop the vehicle up.

She said: “One of the neighbours came running up to me and told me the car had fallen on top of him and I felt sick. I was in total shock and just ran back to the house.


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“I think he had moved around a bit once under the vehicle and it had moved the jack which meant the car fell on top of him.”

Emergency services were called to free the 52-year-old man from underneath the car and treat him for his injuries.

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A doctor in a fast-response car was one of the first on the scene while ambulance officers in two East of England Ambulance Service cars as well as one of the service's ambulances were sent to help out. Police were also on the scene to help coordinate the rescue effort.

Two fire crews were called to lift the car off the man so he could be transferred to an ambulance. The crews gave the man oxygen while they used air bags to lift the Renault clear.

Meanwhile the East Anglian Air Ambulance flew to the scene and hovered above while the rescue operation took place.

Mrs McCabe said: “When I saw all the hassle involved in getting him out I feared the worst. The doctor who flew in with the air ambulance was worried about internal bleeding so he travelled with him in the ambulance.

“But once we got to hospital I was told it was just bruising and they were keeping him in over night just to keep an eye on him.

“He has been very lucky and hopefully will be home today and back to normal soon.”

The couple's children Louis, 25, and Megan, 20, also live at the house.

Roy Flurrie, 73, another neighbour, saw the man as he was being put into the ambulance on a stretcher.

He said: “The helicopter was what first alerted us to it. They were circling around, then they came back and hovered overhead.

“He was laid out flat.

“They had something wrapped around his arms, it looked like a type of fire blanket.”

Mr Flurrie said the man was regularly seen fixing cars outside the house.

He said: “He's forever working on a car.”

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