Dash to help pair in crash
People living in nearby
cottages rushed to help a driver and his passenger after their van
crashed into a telegraph pole.
The Ford Escort was being
driven along Church Street, Rodmersham, at 7.10pm on Monday when it
was hit by a stolen Mitsubishi 4x4, which then sped off before
being found alight in Panteny Lane, Bapchild.
The impact caused the van to
hit the pole sideways on the driver’s side.
A 21-year-old man and a
16-year-old girl were inside the vehicle, which ended up in the
front garden of the three cottages.
Gladys Baldock’s husband
Stanley, 83, ran outside to help as soon as he heard the
Mrs Baldock said: "I didn’t
have my hearing aid in at the time so I didn’t hear a thing but my
husband got up and I thought where the hell is he going? He told me
there was a tremendous bang.
"I stayed indoors but he went
out with our neighbours, who took the couple into their house until
the emergency services arrived."
One appliance from
Sittingbourne fire station was called to the incident.
Crews put a neck brace on the
girl and gave her oxygen until South East Coast Ambulance service
Both patients were taken to
Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham for treatment.
The teenage girl was taken as
a priority as she had a suspected head injury.
The man’s injuries are not
Retained firefighters from
Rainham, who were training at Sittingbourne fire station at the
time, were sent to the car fire.
The road was closed to
traffic for about two hours.
A BT engineer was sent to
Rodmersham to secure the telegraph pole, which was broken in the
The three cottages were left
without land lines as a result of the damage.
Police say the 4x4 was
registered as stolen from an address in Chestnut Street,
It was taken some time
between 6.30pm on November 11 and 7am the following day.
Anyone with any information is
asked to call Kent police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting
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