Man is cut out of car after Havant bollard smash

WRITE-OFF The damaged car
WRITE-OFF The damaged car
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THIS was the mangled wreckage after a car ploughed into a bollard in a busy car park.

The front of the car ended up wrapped around the bollard at Wickes car park in Havant town centre.

The accident happened at about 10.40am today.

Shoppers watched in shock as the Citroen car careeered into the metal bollard.

The 70-year-old man driving the car was trapped inside the vehicle, while his wife who was sitting in the front passenger seat was able to get out.

Two fire engines from Havant fire station went to the car park, along with an ambulance and three police cars.

Firefighters used cutting equipment to remove the roof of the car.

The driver was removed on a spinal board and treated at the scene by paramedics for suspected neck and spinal injuries.

He was taken by ambulance to Queen Alexandra Hospital for treatment to minor injuries.

Emergency services were at the scene for more than an hour while they dealt with the wrecked car.

Havant’s watch manager Martin Elliott said: ‘It was a couple in the Citroen who have driven into a bollard.

‘We have turned up and the ambulance was already in attendance.

‘His concern was about potential neck and spinal injuries.

‘We made the decision to remove the roof.

‘The gentleman was taken to hospital for further checks.

‘I don’t know the reason behind the accident.’

Arrangements have been made for the car’s recovery.