Fight to save legs of crash woman
Doctors are fighting to save a 23-year-old woman's legs after she became trapped under the wheels of a lorry in the centre of Bath.
Emergency crews were called to Grand Parade at around 5am on Monday to reports of a serious accident.
Firefighters, police and ambulance crews worked together for two hours to free the woman, with hydraulic equipment being used to lift the lorry.
The driver had just finished delivering goods to Pret A Manger in Stall Street when the accident happened.
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The 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and released on bail, but the Chronicle understands this was simply a formality.
The woman is still seriously ill in Frenchay Hospital and is described as suffering "life changing" injuries.
An ambulance crew, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a BASICS doctor and a critical care paramedic all attended the incident.
Dr Ed Valentine, from Corsham, is a member of Wiltshire's SWIFT Medics and was asked to go along to help the teams.
He praised everyone involved, especially the ambulance crews who had responded from Bath station, and the fire brigade which faced a huge logistical challenge in trying to move the lorry safely and without causing the patient further injury.
Dr Valentine said: "The combination of experienced ambulance and fire service personnel and having a SWIFT Medic doctor trained in pre-hospital medicine at the scene meant that the patient has been given the best possible chance."
The road was closed until around 4pm on Monday while police carried out their investigations and traffic was diverted along Pulteney Bridge.
A spokeswoman from Pret A Manger said: "We are concerned to hear that there has been an incident involving a supplier's vehicle making deliveries to our shop in Bath."