Emergency medic sent to traffic collision - and finds car crashed into his own hedge

The crash occurred on the junction of Ashman's Road and Grange Road in Beccles. Picture submitted by

The crash occurred on the junction of Ashman's Road and Grange Road in Beccles. Picture submitted by Norfolk Accident Rescue Service. - Credit: Archant

When Dr Tim Morton was called to treat a patient injured in a road accident - little did he know he'd be returning to his own home.

Tim Morton, who is a responder with Norfolk Accident Rescue Service. Picture submitted by Norfolk Ac

Tim Morton, who is a responder with Norfolk Accident Rescue Service. Picture submitted by Norfolk Accident Rescue Service. - Credit: Archant

Dr Morton was working in his Beccles surgery when he was mobilised to an accident around 300 yards from his surgery.

He rushed to the scene - only to find the hedge outside his house flattened by an overturned van.

'It's the closest to home I've been called out to treat a person,' Dr Morton said.

'Fortunately my trauma bag was packed in the boot of my car, which was parked outside my house - so I lifted it out of the boot and started to help the person inside.'


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He was called to the incident, a road traffic collision, because he is a responder for the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (Nars).

The road traffic collision happened just before noon and involved a Citroen C2 and a Ford transit van.

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It occurred near the junction of Ashman's Road and Grange Road.

The female driver of the car was trapped inside her vehicle, and Dr Morton treated her while he waited for paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service.

The female was taken to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston with non life-threatening injuries.

She was in a stable condition. The driver of the van was not believed to be injured.

'Discovering the car had flattened my hedge was met with much amusement of the fire and police officers there,' Dr Morton added.

'The hedge is in a critical condition and is going to need replanting.'

Dr Morton has been a responder for Nars for around 25 years.

The charity sends specialist response teams to accidents and people in need of emergency medical help.

Dr Morton is also chairman of the Norfolk and Waveney Local Medical Committee.

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