Lorry driver’s thanks to air ambulance charity after crash near Watton

PUBLISHED: 14:38 12 April 2014 | UPDATED: 14:38 12 April 2014

Steve Rayner (left) meeting Dr Pam Chrispin (right) at the East Anglian Air Ambulance base in Norwich.

Steve Rayner (left) meeting Dr Pam Chrispin (right) at the East Anglian Air Ambulance base in Norwich.


A lorry driver has visited the East Anglian Air Ambulance base in Norwich to thank medics who saved his life after crash in Norfolk last month.

Former patient Steve Rayner, from Peterborough, was reunited with the doctor who treated him on March 31.

On March 12, he was driving a 7.5 tonne lorry near Watton when he crashed, which pinned his legs beneath the back wheel of the vehicle.

The air ambulance was tasked to the incident and landed just before 11.30am. The medical crew on board that day were Dr Pam Chrispin and Critical Care Paramedic Andy Downes.

Dr Chrispin said: “It took just a few minutes to fly to the scene – from the air we could see a lorry turned on its side and several casualties being attended by ambulance crews. When we landed we were directed immediately to Steve who was trapped. We assumed he would have very serious injuries so it was a relief to hear he was able to talk on his mobile.”

Once freed from under the lorry, the driver had his spine and pelvis immobilised before being airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, where he would undergo surgery the next day for a badly broken pelvis.

Despite such a serious injury, he was quickly standing and walking with the help of a frame and was released from hospital just six days after the accident.

Mr Rayner said: “It was so good to meet the crew and thank them in person for what they did for me – they pretty much saved my life after the accident.”

Dr Chrispin added: “It was a real pleasure to see Steve – I am pleased he was not as badly hurt as we thought when we first saw the wreckage.”

For more information on the work of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, visit or call 08450 669 999.

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