A Hampshire road was the scene of an accident involving multiple vehicles. As emergency services arrived to attend to the victims of the five-car crash, the southbound lane of the A338 became gridlocked. The collision occurred on the outskirts of Bournemouth, where local Championship club AFC Bournemouth were due to play a home game.
As a result of the heavy build-up of vehicles, and the miles of stationary traffic heading in the direction of the Cherries’ match, police took the decision to delay the kick-off until 3.30pm.
Lengthy tailbacks were also instigated by another accident near Castlepoint on the outskirts of Bournemouth. Two fire engines were scrambled to attend this incident, where another casualty needed to be cut free from wreckage. Fire officers were forced to remove a car roof to prise the victim from the vehicle.
A spokesman for Dorset Police commented that an individual was transported to Royal Bournemouth Hospital, although his injuries were not considered to be life-threatening. Both this accident and the earlier crash were a clear warning of the need for motorists to be attentive at all times.
What traumas do survivors face?
Surviving a five-car crash will be traumatic. Although there will be an obvious relief at emerging in one piece, the time taken to recuperate from injuries will vary tremendously. The physical side may be painstaking, but at least the body’s capacity to mend itself allows for fractured limbs to be set, or wounds to heal.
The longer-term mental effects are potentially dramatic. Those who have been through a vehicle collision are highly likely to experience shock at the time. This often makes it difficult for paramedics to treat patients too dazed to explain where they are in pain.
Could you do with legal advice?
If you have been the victim of a car collision and you would like to find out more about the possibilities of claiming compensation, then the number you should dial is 0800 689 0500. Accident Advice Helpline has been dealing with cases like this for over 14 years.
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Source: Southern Daily Echo
Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen