18th October 2021

Road traffic collision ends with car and casualties in river

Call received to attend Back River Drove, Glastonbury, Somerset to reports of an incident, where, at the time of call the circumstances were not known, other than there were possible persons in the water.

1 fire appliance from Glastonbury, 1 from Street and the Special Rescue Team from Bridgwater were mobilised to the incident.

On arrival, crews found this to be a road traffic collision, where the vehicle had entered the river, 3 persons had managed to get to dry land, 1 male was still within the water suffering with lower back and chest pain. A further appliance was requested, this came from Wells.

2 ambulances were requested to attend the incident, due to the number of casualties.

2 air ambulances and the Hazardous Area Response Team arrived on scene and assisted with one 16 year old male suffering from shock and cuts, one 18 year old female with a suspected broken leg and one 8 year old child also suffering shock. One adult male, still within the water and suffering with lower back and chest injuries was rescued by the Specialist Rescue Team and the use of a short extension ladder, roof ladder and a basket stretcher. The vehicle was also checked by the Special Rescue Team and confirmed no persons were left in the vehicle.

The Environment Agency were requested to attend due to fuel and oil leaking into the river from the vehicle.

One male casualty was conveyed to hospital by air ambulance. Another casualty was also conveyed to hospital by the 2nd air ambulance.

Duty of care was left with the police and recovery.