Driver freed after 45-minute rescue op
A YOUNG woman driver had to be cut free in a 45-minute rescue operation in Torquay.
The driver of a white Vauxhall Nova suffered injuries to her right hip, right leg, back and neck after being in collision with a black Chrysler taxi.
Fire crews had to cut the roof, doors and rear seats away using hydraulic equipment to reach her.
Babbacombe Road in Wellswood was closed by police for more than two hours after the crash which happened just before 10pm on Saturday.
Despite the serious nature of the collision, it is understood the woman was able to be released from Torbay Hospital the following day.
Fire crew manager Martin Causey, of green watch, who was second in command at the incident, said: "The woman was badly trapped and we worked alongside the ambulance crews and helped with the casualty care.
"We had to remove the roof and the side doors to cut away seats at the back to get to her. We used most of our hydraulic cutting equipment from both vehicles and small tools. It took us about 45 minutes.
"It was a challenging extrication due to the nature of her injuries. She was conscious throughout.
"There was very good liaison between ambulance paramedics and fire crews."
The two fire appliances from Torquay's green watch and three ambulances attended the incident.
The casualty was then transferred to Torbay Hospital via ambulance.