Emergency crews praised

A YOUNG pregnant woman had to be cut free from a car after it was involved in a crash at Pirbright.

Maddie Webb was a passenger when the vehicle was in a collision while stationary in a traffic queue in Cemetery Pales last Thursday.

Crews from Woking and Guildford and paramedics spent more than an hour dealing with the incident, which happened at around noon, and the road was closed for several hours.

Paramedics monitor Maddie Webb’s condition as firefighters assess what is required to lift her safely from the car. Photo courtesy of Woking Fire Station

Maddie, whose partner Connor had been driving, was eventually carefully lifted out after the car’s roof and rear doors were cut off.

The couple, from Frimley Green, are expecting their first baby in a few months’ time. They were taken to Frimley Park Hospital for medical checks and found not to have suffered significant injuries.

Maddie’s mother, Victoria Whincup from Byfleet, said they were now recovering at home, very shaken, bruised and sore but otherwise safe and well.

Victoria, who works at West Surrey Lettings in West Byfleet, added: “I took a call from Connor to say that they had been in accident. But it was only when I got to the hospital and saw the pictures that I realised how bad things could have been.

“I can’t thank all our emergency services enough for looking after my baby girl, her baby bump and Connor. They did a fantastic job at such an awful time.

“We are so fortunate to have these people who work in emergency services, so hard-working and dedicated, especially given how stretched they are and the strain all the services are working under right now.”

The incident was attended by a crew from Woking Fire Station’s Blue Watch. “Paramedics and fire crews worked together to extricate without causing any further trauma to the mother or unborn child,” said a watch spokesman.

“We wish them all a speedy recovery and the best for the future.”

Tributes were paid across social media to the professionalism of all concerned.

Maddie’s aunt, Stephanie Swain, wrote: “I would like to say a massive thank you to Blue Watch, the paramedics, police and anyone else involved in helping our niece, her partner and their precious unborn baby. You are all true heroes.”

The sentiment was echoed by Darren Parsons, who added: “Not all heroes wear capes. Along with doctors and nurses, firefighters are the most undervalued and under-resourced service in our country but somehow maintain an incredible service. Great job guys!”

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