Rescuers battle in vain to save life of driver in Bradford car crash (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Rescuers battle in vain to save life of driver in Bradford car crash
Neighbours who witnessed the aftermath of a fatal car crash early on Saturday have described desperate scenes as rescuers battled in vain to save the life of the 26-year-old Bradford victim.
People living in Queen’s Road, Undercliffe, reported hearing a bang then lots of shouting shortly after the Volkswagen Passat hit a tree outside their homes.
One resident, Beverley Hartley, 43 said a group of young men were quickly round the car trying to wrench open its door and shouting the driver’s name.
She said: “They were on their phones. I heard them say ‘he’s not breathing’. I think the lads were from a couple of cars that had pulled up but they knew who he was because they were definitely shouting a name. They were trying to pull open the doors but couldn’t get him out.”
Another resident Sapandeep Summan, 28, said what she had seen was shocking, she added: “There were three fire engines, five police cars and paramedics.
“They had to cut the man out of the car then they put him in an ambulance. A while later they carried him out on the stretcher but someone was still doing compressions on him.
“The police had set up a tent in the middle of the road. I don’t know if that’s where they took him. I don’t know what happened next. We were all told to go inside. It was shocking, really scary to see.”
She added: “The car was not into the tree, it was sideways as though the driver's side had just nudged into it. If he’d been heading down towards the King’s Road direction it means he must have spun round somehow to face the other way – maybe he tried to avoid something or just lost control.”
A police spokesman said the driver was pronounced dead a short time after the collision at 12.30am – despite efforts to save him at the scene. Police believe the car, in which the driver was the sole occupant, had been travelling in the direction of King’s Road when it left the road about 50 yards south of the A6176 Bolton Road.
Emergency services were at the scene, with cordons marking off the area, until the vehicle was finally removed shortly after 5am.
Orange markings made on the road by accident investigators tracking the car’s final movements were clearly visible, with signs of debris and glass still scattered around the tree.
The coroner has been informed of the driver’s death but his formal identification was not expected to be completed until later today.
Councillor Howard Middleton (Lib Dem, Bolton and Undercliffe) said that stretch of road had once one of the city’s top 20 accident spots. He said: “It’s tragic, especially since we made changes to the junction and lights about six years ago because it was one of the worse spots in the city for accidents. It’s been nothing like so bad since, though there’s still a sharp turn there though going down towards Kings Road – it’s a dangerous bend."
Anyone who saw the collision or the vehicle in the moments leading up to it, should contact the Western Area Roads Policing Unit via 101.