Woman resuced from car which was left hanging precariously over canal

Wednesday 18th May 2016 – 6.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has been rescued from a car that was left hanging precariously at a 40 degree angle about 10 feet above a canal.

The incident happened at about 4.20pm on Glascote Road in Tamworth just off the roundabout at Abbey Road.

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Hazardous Area Response Team were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found the small blue car hanging above the water, held only there by some of the bodywork that had hooked onto the bridge railing.

“The car was completely unstable and would not have been safe to get the woman out immediately as it would have risked dislodging the car and it crashing into the water.

“Two members of the HART Team donned their water rescue gear and stood by ready to go into the water while firefighters firstly secured the car and then removed the seats and helped the woman to climb out through the back window of the car.

“The woman, who was in her 50s was uninjured and was discharged at scene.

“There is no doubt that this could have ended very differently and possibly tragically.  Some excellent teamwork between ambulance and fire crews ensured that the woman was rescued while all the contingencies were covered.”

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Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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