Trowbridge woman pinned by car believed to be getting a lift from driver
A woman from Trowbridge had to be freed by firefighters after she was trapped under a car and injured on Wednesday on the junction of Gloucester Road and Park Street.
The 28-year-old was hit when a silver Jaguar suddenly reversed, trapping her beneath it. Police believe she was waiting for a lift from the driver.
The woman, who has not been named, was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol and is receiving treatment for head, arm and possible internal injuries.
The car driver, a 63-year-old man from Bradford on Avon, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and has been released on bail.
Two fire appliances were sent to the scene. Duty fire manager Damien Bence said: “We were called at 12.44pm to a person trapped.
“We used equipment from our response unit to jack the vehicle up and used air bags to take the pressure off. We released her from the vehicle and put her on a spinal board. The crew treated her for first aid until paramedics arrived.”
Witness Chris Swift, of Balfour Beatty, was driving in Gloucester Road when he saw the Jaguar reverse and turn into Park Street.
He said: “I saw the Jaguar come hurtling down Gloucester Road in reverse. Most Jaguars are automatic so I reckon he must have selected the wrong gear. It seemed like he must have panicked and put his foot down to the floor. He turned, went over the pillar and took off, hitting a wall.”
PC Jeff Rice said: “A woman has sustained serious injuries. Any witnesses should please contact the serious collision investigation team on 101 or Crimestoppers and speak to PC Sartin.”
Gloucester Road and Park Street were reopened at 2.20pm on Wednesday, and investigations are continuing.
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