A man is fighting for his life in a specialist trauma hospital after he lost control of his car on a road and careered into a tree.

The man, in his late 20s, crashed his Volvo V40 on Kingsdown Road, near to Kingsdown Crematorium, at around 1pm yesterday, with emergency services closing the road for several hours to deal with the aftermath.

Two paramedics in rapid response cars, an ambulance and two air ambulances were dispatched along with three fire crews, who used hydraulic cutting equipment to free the man before assisting paramedics in getting the man to the Great Western Air Ambulance in order to fly him directly to Bristol’s Frenchay Hospital.

The Wiltshire Air Ambulance went straight to the scene and when the patient was assessed to be serious the Great Western Air Ambulance was sent with a critical care doctor, who sedated the patient.

Serious Collision Invetigation Team officers from Wiltshire Police pored over the crash site to gather evidence before the car was recovered and the road could be reopened.

A police spokesman said: “We were called to a collision involving one-vehicle with a single male occupant that had gone into a tree at around 1pm. The male appeared to be unconscious and was physically and mechanically trapped in the vehicle.

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance takes the driver to hospital

“Two air ambulances were called to the scene and the man, in his late 20s, was flown to Frenchay Hospital with suspected serious head injuries.

“We are still investigating the crash and the road was closed for several hours while the team investigated the scene. We would like to appeal for witnesses.”

A spokesman for South West Ambulance Service said: “From the actions taken by the crews, the injuries are likely to be life-threatening.

“Both air ambulances were dispatched and when they realised how serious it was the GWAA went with a critical care team specialising in trauma, who sedated the patient before flying him to Bristol.”

Anyone with information should call the Serious Collision Investigation Team in Devizes on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.