Man cut-free from smashed vehicle by firefighters after crash leaves him trapped
A MAN had to be rescued by firefighters following a nasty crash which left him trapped and resulted in standstill traffic.
Fire crews from Colchester Fire Station, alongside police officers and paramedics, were called to Colchester, in Wivenhoe, at 10.14am today.
After arriving at the scene the emergency services established two vehicles had been involved in a serious smash and a man was trapped in one of the vehicles.
The fast-acting firefighters immediately worked to free the casualty and by shortly after midday had managed to remove him.
A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: "One ambulance was sent to Colchester Road, Wivenhoe this morning following reports of a road traffic collision.
"One man was transported to Colchester General Hospital for further assessment and care."
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The accident, which caused lengthy tailbacks, had occurred at the junction with Boundary Road and Wivenhoe Road, according to Essex Police.
The road was closed off by officers to ensure the safety of those involved in the crash and other motorists and nearby pedestrians.
Bosses at the University of Essex even opened a barrier at their Colchester campus to allow traffic to leave the area through an alternative route.
Claudia Bradley, a journalism student at the university, said: "Two fire engines, at least one police car and an ambulance were at the scene.
"There was queuing traffic around the university.
"Cars were doing three-point-turns in the middle of the road, and in the middle of the traffic light junction."