Fire engine in collision on way to rhyne rescue


A fire engine leaving a station in response to an emergency callJust before five to eleven this morning, a fire engine from Weston-super-Mare Fire Station was involved in a road traffic collision with a car.

This happened in Milton Road, at the junction with Farm Road.

As a result of the collision the fire engine went through a stone wall and came to rest in the garden of a property on the street corner.

The occupants of the car, a woman aged about 20 and a man aged around 50, were treated by paramedics at the scene.

The man was subsequently taken to hospital as a precaution.

No one from the fire engine was injured.

A full investigation into the circumstances of the collision is under way.

The fire engine was responding to an emergency call about a man and dog trapped in a water-filled rhyne in Worle.

This happened off Walford Avenue.

It would appear that the dog had tried to jump across the rhine, but injured itself on landing and fell into the water.

The owner, thought to be in his mid-50s, went in to rescue the dog, but because the walls of the rhine are almost vertical, became trapped himself.

Fire crews found the man waist deep in water as he was holding onto his dog.

Firefighters used throw lines and lifejackets, and pulled the man and his dog up about eight feet to safety.

The man was treated by paramedics at the scene for shock, and then he and the dog were taken to a nearby veterinary surgery for the dog to have treatment.