Baby unscathed after head-on collision

PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 November 2010

Emergency Ambulance services.

Emergency Ambulance services.

A THREE-MONTH-OLD baby emerged safely from a head-on collision between two cars near Blagdon Lake on Sunday evening.

Great Western Ambulance Service received a call shortly before 5.30pm to report a collision between two vehicles on the B3134 at Burrington.

Four teenagers in a Rover saloon collided with a Mazda containing a couple in their 30s and their young son. A rapid response paramedic arrived first on the scene, with two ambulance crews soon attending.

Despite the collision, the baby was unharmed due to the Mazda’s design, and the car seat he was sat in at the time of the accident.

Paramedic Chris Hewett said: “The baby’s parents were obviously initially extremely concerned, but reassured once he was thoroughly assessed and found not to be harmed. That is down to the design of car seats for babies as well as modern cars.

“However, the decision was taken to take the baby to Weston Hospital – accompanied by his parents – purely as a precautionary measure for a further check up.”

The front seat passenger of the Rover was also taken to Weston General after he complained of chest pain, but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

The female driver of the car and her two male rear passengers were treated for minor whiplash on the scene but did not need to go to hospital. The couple in the Honda were also checked but were not injured in the accident.

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