Passer-by describes the moments she stayed talking to man trapped in overturned car in Fenland ditch until help arrived

PUBLISHED: 22:11 14 May 2016 | UPDATED: 11:19 16 May 2016

Wolf Lane, Gorefield, rescue

Wolf Lane, Gorefield, rescue


A passer by described how she helped a man to stay calm until rescuers arrived after his car overturned in a Fenland ditch.

Wolf Lane, Gorefield, rescue Wolf Lane, Gorefield, rescue

Emergency services rushed to Wolf Lane, Gorefield, near Wisbech, following the incident that happened late on Saturday afternoon.

Tracy Veenendaal said: “My husband and I were driving down there and saw the car in the ditch.

“Two guys were stuck under the car in the water.”

It is thought one of them got free but Mrs Veenendaal said “I kept talking to one of the men to keep him calm and awake while my husband drove back to the main road as the fire brigade could not find them.”

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Mrs Veenendaal added: “They are now in very good hands.

“The fire brigade know their jobs well and they got him out.”

Tracy’s husband Leonard said: “My wife is being very modest. She was helping the injured man trapped underneath the car in water keeping him calm and ensuring he does so not drown or go into shock while I went and fetched the fire engine who could not find the incident.

“The other bloke who managed to get out was very confused and was covered in blood from a head wound.”

Crews from Wisbech and Dogsthorpe and a rescue vehicle attended the crash.

A fire service spokesman said: “A car was upside down in a water-filled ditch. Firefighters used specialist equipment to release one casualty.

“Police, paramedics and the air ambulance were also in attendance. Another casualty was out of the vehicle before the arrival of the fire service.

Crews returned to their stations by 8.10pm.

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