Woman rescued after car flips onto its roof near Lidl and McDonald's in Waterlooville

A WOMAN has been rescued from her car after it flipped and landed on its roof in a Lidl and McDonald's car park.

Saturday, 22nd February 2020, 12:43 pm
Updated Sunday, 23rd February 2020, 4:15 pm

A Royal Navy veteran rushed to the woman’s aid after her Toyota Yaris was left upside-down in an accident in Elettra Avenue, Waterlooville.

Police, firefighters and paramedics were called just after 11am.

Van driver and ex-serviceman, James Castley, rushed to help the woman after witnessing the accident.

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The Toyota Yaris after being righted Picture: Neil Fatkin

'I was getting out of my van when I heard a loud bang and saw the car coming through the fence and towards me,' said Mr Castley, 58.

‘It clipped one of the cars in the car park and flipped on to its side.

‘I ran across and the first thing I asked was whether there were any kids in the car. She said no.

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James Castley, who rescued a 20-year-old woman from a Toyota Yaris after it flipped on to its roof at the Lidl and McDonald's car park in Elettra Avenue. Picture: Neil Fatkin

'I told her to switch the engine off because of the risk of fire and I then managed to drag her out from the vehicle.

‘The laces on her shoe were still trapped and so I ran to my van and got some scissors to cut her free.'

As James quickly got the woman to safety, he asked other passers-by to call the emergency services.

He said: 'Once I got her free I helped her to stand up. She was in shock but didn't seem seriously injured.

Emergency services deal with a flipped Toyota Yaris in the car park for Lidl and McDonald's in Elettra Avenue, Waterlooville. Picture: Neil Fatkin

‘She was fortunate that the car flipped into a parking space and not onto another car.'

The woman, believed to be in her 20s, has been taken to hospital and the car has been turned over.

Eyewitness Jordan Folkard, 24, described the aftermath of the crash as 'shocking’.

Emergency services deal with a flipped Toyota Yaris in the car park for Lidl and McDonald's in Elettra Avenue, Waterlooville. Picture: Neil Fatkin

‘The car was almost perfectly in a space between two other cars, but one was damaged because it was hit by the back end of the flipped car,' Jordan said.

‘It looks as if it has gone through the wooden rails around the car park.'

Pictures from the scene show glass from the car’s broken back window strewn across the tarmac, with snapped wooden fence posts under its front end.

The News has contacted Hampshire Constabulary and South Central Ambulance Service for more information.