A MAN was airlifted to hospital after he lost control of his car and smashed into a lamppost in Portsmouth.
He was travelling along Park Road on his way out of Gunwharf Quays when the accident happened at 5.40pm yesterday.
Southsea firefighters had to cut off the door of the vehicle and its pedals to rescue the man, who is believed to be aged between 30 and 40.
An air ambulance then landed on the nearby playing fields of HMS Temeraire before it flew the man away to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.
His injuries were serious but not life-threatening.
The road was closed at 6pm and traffic was diverted.
Firefighters last night warned it would be closed off for some time whilst an investigation is carried out.
Witnesses described the moment they got caught up in the drama.
One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘The car was travelling away from Gunwharf Quays. All of a sudden it looked like the driver lost control because it went across the lane and hit a lamppost.
‘It was scary to see. It’s not everyday you see something like that happening around here.
‘It looked like he was in a pretty bad way.’
Police officers on bicycles were first at the scene.
Crew manager Steve Jolliffe, of Southsea fire station, said: ‘A gentleman between the age of 30 and 40 was trapped in his car.
‘We assisted the ambulance service in removing him from the vehicle, which was severely damaged by the impact.
‘We released the door and cut off the pedals before getting him out of the car.
‘He looked in a bad way. It wasn’t nice to see.
A spokeswoman for Hampshire Constabulary’s control room said: ‘We can confirm that there was a road traffic collision in Gunwharf Quays last night.
‘A man suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital.’