Collision on the A40 leaves driver in critical condition
A SERIOUSLY injured driver has been cut free from the wreckage after a head-on crash near Cheltenham.
It took firefighters about an hour to free the 40-year-old man from his car on the A40 London Road in Dowdeswell.
The man's Mini Cooper was involved in a collision with a Volkswagen Sharan taxi, which had two young children as passengers. The injured driver from Cheltenham was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol and was yesterday said to be in a critical condition. Police reported he suffered life-changing injuries. This included multiple lower leg fractures, including a broken thigh bone.
The collision took place near the Dowdeswell Reservoir and Koloshi restaurant at about 8.20am. The driver of the taxi, from Gloucester, and two boys, believed to be aged six and seven years old, were taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital with minor injuries.
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A section of the A40 remained closed for five hours as police cleared the scene. All traffic was diverted onto the A436 until about 1.45pm.
Police officers attended the scene alongside three fire engines and a rapid response vehicle from the Great Western Ambulance Service.
Kevin Dickins, the officer on the scene from the Great Western Ambulance Service, said: "The patient had really serious injuries. It was about getting the right resources and working with the police and fire service and making sure there was the right care at the scene."
The crash happened at the same spot of another head-on collision. On June 5 last year a 20-year-old woman from Cheltenham died in a crash.
Motorist Jennifer Taylor, from The Park, Cheltenham, was diverted after the collision yesterday. She also witnessed last year's crash.
She said: "I drive along that road everyday, and it has upset me so much. This has got to stop. That corner is a disaster. How many lives are going to be lost before something is done?"
Taxi company Three 2 One, which is based in Gloucester, confirmed the crash involved one of its vehicles. The company boss visited the taxi driver in hospital yesterday.
Anyone who witnessed the collision should call 101 quoting incident number 66 of November 20.