Ex-firefighter and daughter, 6, help at Stourport crash
2:53pm Monday 17th August 2009
AN EX-firefighter and his six-year-old daughter sprang into action when a trailer crashed into a car in Stourport.
A flatbed trailer had come unhooked from a Peugeot 406 estate and hit a Citroen Xsara travelling in the opposite direction in Wilden Lane at about 6.15pm yesterday.
Jim Bainbridge, who was taking his daughter Eleanor to Stourport Swimming Baths, was driving behind the trailer when it came loose.
The car that was hit contained a husband and wife with their two daughters, aged about two and four years old.
While Mr Bainbridge tended to the woman, who was later taken to hospital with a cracked vertebrae, Eleanor comforted the young children on the side of the road.
He explained: “To be fair to Eleanor, because she’s only six, she was very calm and sat and looked after the girls to keep them out of the road.
“Afterwards, when we got home, she was very interested with what would happen to the family next and if they would have gone to hospital.
“She wasn’t upset in any way and was very resilient. She must be a budding firefighter or nurse.”
The eldest daughter of the family involved in the crash had blood in her mouth, “probably due to a bitten lip”, he added.
Mr Bainbridge, a training and development instructor for the fire service in Droitwich, explained he was experienced at dealing with similar incidents, having been a watch manager in Redditch and Bromsgrove.
“I’m used to dealing with emergencies and being in charge so this was nothing new to me,” he added.
A fire crew from Stourport, an ambulance service rapid response vehicle and police also attended the scene, with the road closed until about 8pm.
The father of the family was uninjured and his wife is currently being treated at Worcestershire Royal Hospital...