Drivers passing through Rye are being urged to take extra care on the roads following a number of recent serious road traffic collisions in the area.
Group Commander Paul Way is concerned that motorists are not adhering to road safety messages and still driving whilst tired, failing to take regular rest breaks, driving to excessive speeds and not adequately maintaining vehicles, which can all lead to serious road traffic collisions.
Rye firefighters have attended four serious traffic collisions since the start of this month in May with the most recent involving two vehicles yesterday (20thMay) in Playden Hill. Two crews from Rye were sent to the incident at around 6.30pm and were on hand to cut a driver free from the wreckage of a Vauxhall Astra, believed to be heading towards Rye at the time. A single elderly female, in her mid-sixties, became trapped and crews stabilised the vehicle before proceeding to cut the side off the vehicle using hydraulic cutting equipment. The injured woman was then lifted out from the vehicle using a longboard and taken to hospital.
Meanwhile, in the other vehicle, a Renault passenger van, firefighters were working to free a woman trapped in the front passenger seat, whilst crews calmed both the driver and a dog that were also travelling in the vehicle at the time. Paramedics were also at the scene and took the injured to hospital.
Group Commander Paul Way: “Although there were two separate vehicles involved crews worked fluently and efficiently in line with medical direction to achieve a safe and timely extrication of both casualties.
“This kind of incident is becoming ever more common on the potentially fast rural roads within the fire authority’s area.”