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Witham: Driver impaled in horror smash
9:00am Wednesday 20th March 2013 in News
A DRIVER was impaled by part of a picket fence after his car lost control in a country road.
The driver, believed to be a man in his twenties, was air lifted to hospital and his injuries have been described as serious but not life-threatening.
The incident, which involved just one vehicle, occurred Witham-bound, in Church Hill, Faulkbourne, at about 7.45am yesterday morning.
No-one else was injured in the smash.
The black Ford Fiesta is believed to have careered off the road and hit a tree before smashing through about 25 yards of roadside picket fence, part of which went through the driver’s door and into the man’s right torso.
Act Sgt Nigel Taplin, of Braintree police, who was in charge of the crash scene, said: “We know alcohol was not a factor and we are dealing with serious injuries which are not life-threatening.
“This road in particular was very greasy this morning.
“It seems the driver lost control careered into a tree before going on its side along a roadside fence.”
Emergency services were called to the incident shortly before 7.50am.
Fire crews from Braintree and Coggeshall used cutting equipment to release the man by 9.40am and he was taken to Broomfield Hospital, in Chelmsford, by air ambulance for injury assessment.
An Essex Police spokeswoman confirmed officers were called shortly before 8am and closed the road in both directions until 10.45am.
Anyone with information on the smash should call PC Langford at Braintree police station on 101