First aider tried to save men who died in crash

113105_RTC_HAYLING_01/09/11''Witness and first-aider Paul Jackson, at the scene of a road traffic collision in West Lane, Hayling Island. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (113105-059)
113105_RTC_HAYLING_01/09/11''Witness and first-aider Paul Jackson, at the scene of a road traffic collision in West Lane, Hayling Island. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (113105-059)
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A FIRST aider has told of his desperate struggle to save the lives of two men who died in a car crash on Hayling Island.

The pair suffered serious injuries after the vehicle they were travelling in came off West Lane and overturned at 3.10pm yesterday afternoon.

113105_RTC_HAYLING_01/09/11''Emergency services at the scene of a road traffic collision in West Lane, Hayling Island. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (113105-901)

113105_RTC_HAYLING_01/09/11''Emergency services at the scene of a road traffic collision in West Lane, Hayling Island. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (113105-901)

They were taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, but were pronounced dead on arrival.

Qualified first-aider Paul Jackson, from Purbrook Way in Havant leapt into action to try to save the men after he heard the crash.

The 49-year-old was gardening at a home in West Lane when the accident happened.

Paul, a first-aider for third Hayling Scouts, said: ‘I heard a huge bang. It sounded like a lorry had gone down in the road.

‘I saw vehicles reversing out of the road so I went over to see what was going on.

‘When I saw what happened, I ran to the overturned car and opened the passenger door to see if I could get anyone out.

‘I crawled through the broken glass and checked the pulses of two men, which were very slight.

‘I realised at that point there was nothing I could do.

‘They weren’t responding to my speech and there was blood everywhere. It was awful.

‘I then managed to flag down a car who called emergency services to the scene.’

Police closed West Lane between Daw Lane and Brights Lane until 8pm.

They believe yesterday’s accident was possibly caused by the two men attempting to overtake another vehicle.

Last night neighbouring homeowners on West Lane described the moments they heard the crash took place.

Basil Spencer, 83, from West Lane, said: ‘I heard a bang which sounded like a lorry hitting a tree. The whole thing is absolutely awful. Two poor mums have lost their sons.’