Man trapped in upside-down 4x4 airlifted to hospital

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Fire crews had to cut the passenger free after the Land Rover jack-knifed off the A361 Link Road.

A MAN was airlifted to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital after becoming trapped in a 4x4 which jack-knifed off the A361 Link Road and down a bank yesterday (Sun).

Police arrived at the scene near Rackenford at 11.35am after reports the green Land Rover Discovery towing a trailer had ended up on its roof 15m from the road.

The driver and a passenger escaped the vehicle but a 65-year-old man, who had been a rear-seated passenger, remained trapped in the upside-down 4x4.

Fire crews from Barnstaple, South Molton, Witheridge and two specialist rescue appliances from Middlemoor were scrambled to the scene to rescue the casualty.


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Using hydraulic cutting equipment and winches, they managed to cut the man free who was then airlifted to hospital.

A recovery vehicle had to use a crane to remove the car from the roadside and the road was reopened by 5pm.

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