Thursday, 13 December 2018

Learner driver injured in scooter collision

A WOMAN was hurt when her scooter collided with a car in Henley.

A WOMAN was hurt when her scooter collided with a car in Henley.

The accident took place outside Reids dry cleaners in Reading Road at about 4.30pm on Wednesday.

An ambulance took the woman, who is in her twenties, to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading but did not suffer any serious injuries. The learner driver had been wearing a crash helmet.

A family of Red Cross volunteers who were driving by came to the woman’s aid.

Lawrence Robbins said: “I heard the sound of the crash and I saw the car slowing down with bits falling off it.

“I brought my vehicle across to block the traffic and my wife grabbed her fluorescent Red Cross jacket and ran to help.”

His wife Rennye said: “She had been knocked sideways into the road. The first thing we did was to make sure that her head, neck and spine were safe so we did not put her in the recovery position.”

The couple’s daughter, Sharon, 24, who is also a Red Cross volunteer, helped her mother administer first aid. Another daughter Abi, 20, called the woman’s mother and a third, Holly, 22, helped her father control the traffic.

Nicola Dance, who works at Reids, brought out a duvet to help keep the woman warm. Two doctors who had been passing also offered to help.

Police closed Reading Road in both directions while paramedics tended to the woman.

The Robbins family, who are from Bishops Stortford, had been to a funeral at Caversham crematorium and were on their way to the Angel on the Bridge pub when the accident happened.

Sharon said: “I heard the bang and my first thought was that woman needs medical attention.”

Mrs Robbins, who has been a volunteer for seven years, said she had attended a number of emergencies.

“The worst was a 12-car pile-up on the M25 about four years ago and I was the first on the scene,” she said.

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