Elderly man rescued from car by firefighters

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Firefighters rescued an elderly man from a car after a crash on a busy Bishopbriggs road.

The two vehicle collision took place on Kirkintilloch Road on Thursday, March 20, at around 5.35pm.

Crews from Bishopbriggs and Kirkintilloch fire stations rushed to the scene.

Watch manager Jim Graham, the incident commander, said: “We reached the scene less than three minutes after a 999 call reported a collision and an elderly man was still inside his vehicle.

“He was already being cared for by two off-duty nurses who passed the incident. They left the scene during the rescue operation but I would like thank them for their actions.

“Our crews immediately provided trauma care and marshalled the area as the incident took place on a busy road during rush hour.

“I requested an ambulance attend and after paramedics assessed his condition we devised a rescue plan.

“By using hydraulic cutting equipment to remove the driver-side door, firefighters created space to safely move the casualty.

“He was passed to the ambulance and taken to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, where of course we all wish him well.”

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said anyone can be involved in a collision and has urged motorists to take steps to reduce the chances of it happening.

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