Woman is cut free from car
AN elderly woman had to be cut free from her car after it collided with a traffic light at the junction between Cricklade Road and Cirencester Way yesterday.
It is believed the woman was overtaking at the time of the accident, which occurred at around 3.15pm, when her Toyota Aygo clipped another vehicle and then crashed into the traffic light.
Ten firefighters from Swindon and Stratton rushed to the scene to free the woman, who became trapped in her car. They used hydraulic cutting equipment and were able to release her from the vehicle within half an hour.
A road blockage on a the dual-carriageway of the A4311 caused traffic misery for commuters as both lanes remained closed during rush-hour due to a live wire being exposed at the traffic lights as a result of the crash.
PC Fred Newbury said: “We weren’t be able to reopen the road until the traffic light had been fixed. Someone from Highways was on their way.
“The longer it has been going on the more frustrated the drivers have been getting but they might not have known about the accident, they were just annoyed because they couldn’t get home.”
Ryan Dowling, from Swindon Council, said the woman was conscious when she was freed from the car.
“She seemed okay, just a bit shaken,” he said.
“I think she was overtaking and then she clipped someone in the other lane and then stopped on the traffic light. Once the traffic light was been made safe we were able to reopen the road.”
A spokesperson from Wiltshire Fire Service said they were called by police at 3.25pm to a single road traffic collision.
“Crews from Swindon and Stratton attended,” said the spokesperson.
Ashley Bath, 29, of Freshbrook, was driving past moments after the crash. “I just saw a car had gone into some railings,” he said.