Man traps his arm in double-decker coach

Crews were called to a work yard in Roydon today to rescue a man whose arm had become trapped within the suspension of a coach.

A double-decker coach was lifted with hydraulics when a strut failed, dropping the coach and trapping the man's arm. 

Firefighters were first on the scene and quickly began setting up equipment ready for the medical team's arrival. 

Station Manager Nick Singleton said:

"This incident took some time because it was important the equipment was set up safely and all procedures were followed to ensure a safe rescue. 

"We really demonstrated multi-agency working at its best today, with firefighters, the East of England Ambulance Service, the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service and our Urban Search and Rescue crew all working together to release the man's arm in the most effective way possible. 

"A big thanks to everyone involved - we spent two hours successfully stabilising the casualty, cutting away the equipment and finally releasing him."

The man was left in the care of the Ambulance Service. 

Incident number
Hamlet Hill, Roydon, Harlow
11.24am - 15 May 2023