Roof is cut off police car to get to woman

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FIREFIGHTERS cut the roof off a police car after a woman who was involved in a road accident started complaining of neck pain.

A three-car crash happened at the junction of Brewers Lane and Wych Lane, in Bridgemary, Gosport yesterday.

A 27-year-old woman, who was driving one of the cars, was put into the back of a police car which had attended the scene.

But when she started complaining of neck and back pain paramedics took the decision that she would have to be removed on a spinal board so her condition would not be aggravated.

Firefighters from Gosport and Fareham were called to the scene at 1.30pm yesterday and cut off the roof of the Skoda police car.

A fire service spokesman said: ‘The lady was put in the police car as a comfort. When she was in the car she complained of neck pain.’

Emergency services were at the scene for an hour and the woman was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital. Brewers Lane was closed and Wych Lane was partially closed.