UPDATE: Five young people hurt as car flips over

Dorset Echo: Woman rescued and five others hurt as car flips over Woman rescued and five others hurt as car flips over

FIVE young people were injured, two seriously, in a horror crash near Bovington when a car flipped over on its side.

Those hurt included the 19-year-old female driver who broke her arm and had to be cut out of the car to avoid the risk of further injury.

A fleet of ambulances, firefighting crews and police were alerted to a remote spot in the early hours of today.

Police said the blue Toyota Yaris, registered to a woman from Poole, ended up on its side in a hedge after leaving Puddletown Road at Hyde near Gallows Hill. The crash was reported just after 1.15am.

Rescuers were at the scene for about three hours treating the injured, examining the scene and removing the vehicle.

Two of those injured were taken to hospital.

A Dorset Police spokesman said there were five people in the car. Apart from the driver there were three men aged 19, 20 and 24, and a girl aged 16.

She added: “This was a serious injury road traffic collision but none of the injuries were life threatening.

“It was reported at 1.17am by a member of the public as a car on its side in a hedge.

“The driver received serious arm injuries and the fire service took the roof off the car to release her.”

It is understood one of the male passengers was also seriously hurt and the other three had slight injuries.

South Western Ambulance said there were three casualties it described as 'walking wounded' and two others who were taken to hospitals in Dorchester and Poole.

A spokesman said two ambulances and three rapid response paramedic vehicles attended.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said crews from Wareham and Bere Regis were called to the scene.

A brigade spokesman said: “Hydraulic cutting gear was used to create space to assist the ambulance service with the release of a trapped female.

“Crews also assisted paramedics with the other casualties.”

Witnesses and anyone with information about the collision can contact Dorset Police on 101.

Councillor seeking action from highways team

DISTRICT and county councillor for the area Peter Wharf is aware of incidents on the road and believes that generally there is a problem with vehicles going too fast for the conditions.

Speaking generally about the issue, he said: “The problem is with Puddletown Road is that it is relatively straight and wide but it has a number of humps and dips which can affect vision.”

He added: “It's difficult to know what to do. With an unlimited budget we'd level the whole thing out.

“I will be going to the highways department to see if there is any traffic management can be put there to slow traffic down.”

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4:30pm Tue 22 Apr 14

caz maz says...

There is nothing wrong with the road! Driver error causes accidents not roads, better driving standards is what is needed. Look at the bigger picture Peter Wharf!
There is nothing wrong with the road! Driver error causes accidents not roads, better driving standards is what is needed. Look at the bigger picture Peter Wharf! caz maz
  • Score: 24

6:02pm Tue 22 Apr 14

mark@greenhill says...

The rest of us manage to drive that road without any problems.

The fact that a car full of youngsters ends up on it's roof should tell you all you need to know.

We don't need any more roadside clutter or speed bumps, the youngster driving was undoubtedly aware of the speed limit anyway, but either through inexperience, or bravado still managed to dump the car in the hedge.

The lesson will be learnt via her insurance company and the embarrassment of having her arm in a sling.

Tough lesson to learn, but the rest of us certainly don't need to treated like children because of it!
The rest of us manage to drive that road without any problems. The fact that a car full of youngsters ends up on it's roof should tell you all you need to know. We don't need any more roadside clutter or speed bumps, the youngster driving was undoubtedly aware of the speed limit anyway, but either through inexperience, or bravado still managed to dump the car in the hedge. The lesson will be learnt via her insurance company and the embarrassment of having her arm in a sling. Tough lesson to learn, but the rest of us certainly don't need to treated like children because of it! mark@greenhill
  • Score: 18

6:17pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Billy1mate says...

Driving standards in Dorset are appalling in my opinion.
Driving standards in Dorset are appalling in my opinion. Billy1mate
  • Score: 9

7:25pm Tue 22 Apr 14

JackJohnson says...

mark@greenhill wrote:
The rest of us manage to drive that road without any problems.

The fact that a car full of youngsters ends up on it's roof should tell you all you need to know.

We don't need any more roadside clutter or speed bumps, the youngster driving was undoubtedly aware of the speed limit anyway, but either through inexperience, or bravado still managed to dump the car in the hedge.

The lesson will be learnt via her insurance company and the embarrassment of having her arm in a sling.

Tough lesson to learn, but the rest of us certainly don't need to treated like children because of it!
On its side.

The correct thing to do would be to establish the cause of this incident, then (taking into account other incidents on that road) decide whether the road and its signage need to be altered, or if the driver is wholly responsible.

I know which I think it is.
[quote][p][bold]mark@greenhill[/bold] wrote: The rest of us manage to drive that road without any problems. The fact that a car full of youngsters ends up on it's roof should tell you all you need to know. We don't need any more roadside clutter or speed bumps, the youngster driving was undoubtedly aware of the speed limit anyway, but either through inexperience, or bravado still managed to dump the car in the hedge. The lesson will be learnt via her insurance company and the embarrassment of having her arm in a sling. Tough lesson to learn, but the rest of us certainly don't need to treated like children because of it![/p][/quote]On its side. The correct thing to do would be to establish the cause of this incident, then (taking into account other incidents on that road) decide whether the road and its signage need to be altered, or if the driver is wholly responsible. I know which I think it is. JackJohnson
  • Score: 6

11:05pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Sally MacLennane says...

Cars don't just flip over.....
Cars don't just flip over..... Sally MacLennane
  • Score: 5

8:43am Wed 23 Apr 14

JackJohnson says...

Sally MacLennane wrote:
Cars don't just flip over.....
Correct. They have to hit something like a high kerb, a deep pothole, a tree stump - at speed. But only after the driver of the vehicle has lost control of it (in a single vehicle incident). How and why did the driver lose control? Probably driver error, but it could be poor road design. The vehicle could also have had defective suspension, making it easier to flip than a non-defective vehicle, or defective tyres, making it easier to lose control. If the vehicle was defective that, too, would be driver error as the driver is responsible for checking that a vehicle is roadworthy before taking it onto public roads.

A little more research than has been reported is needed before anyone can say what caused the incident and, therefore, how best to deal with it.
[quote][p][bold]Sally MacLennane[/bold] wrote: Cars don't just flip over.....[/p][/quote]Correct. They have to hit something like a high kerb, a deep pothole, a tree stump - at speed. But only after the driver of the vehicle has lost control of it (in a single vehicle incident). How and why did the driver lose control? Probably driver error, but it could be poor road design. The vehicle could also have had defective suspension, making it easier to flip than a non-defective vehicle, or defective tyres, making it easier to lose control. If the vehicle was defective that, too, would be driver error as the driver is responsible for checking that a vehicle is roadworthy before taking it onto public roads. A little more research than has been reported is needed before anyone can say what caused the incident and, therefore, how best to deal with it. JackJohnson
  • Score: 0

2:24pm Wed 23 Apr 14

portlandboy says...

"DISTRICT and county councillor for the area Peter Wharf is aware of incidents on the road and believes that generally there is a problem with vehicles going too fast for the conditions...It's difficult to know what to do."

No it's not difficult to know what to do. It's simple. LEAVE IT WELL ALONE. You will never create roads that prevent stupid people from driving on them.
"DISTRICT and county councillor for the area Peter Wharf is aware of incidents on the road and believes that generally there is a problem with vehicles going too fast for the conditions...It's difficult to know what to do." No it's not difficult to know what to do. It's simple. LEAVE IT WELL ALONE. You will never create roads that prevent stupid people from driving on them. portlandboy
  • Score: 4

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