Couple in their 90s rescued from a ditch

Couple in their 90s rescued from a ditch

Couple in their 90s rescued from a ditch

First published in News by , Senior Reporter

A COUPLE aged in their 90s had to be rescued by firefighters after their car ended up in a ditch in a field just off the East Lancs road last night (Tuesday, January 14).

Crews from Eccleston and Whiston were called at around 8.40pm to Windle Island near Houghtons Lane.

They helped the 90-year-old woman out of the car which was on all four wheels in a dry ditch.

The driver who is 91 was helped by police and taken to Whiston Hospital. It is believed he was suffering from the effects of hypothermia.

The woman was also taken to Whiston where she was treated for shock.

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11:14am Wed 15 Jan 14

smith&weston says...

Drove past the scene last night and can only ask myself-HOW?
It,s a straight stretch of road and no other vehicles involved. Wonder if drivers age has anything to do with this. Compulsory retesting at 75 as far as I am concerned.
Drove past the scene last night and can only ask myself-HOW? It,s a straight stretch of road and no other vehicles involved. Wonder if drivers age has anything to do with this. Compulsory retesting at 75 as far as I am concerned. smith&weston
  • Score: 7

12:59pm Wed 15 Jan 14

jimstevo says...

smith&weston wrote:
Drove past the scene last night and can only ask myself-HOW?
It,s a straight stretch of road and no other vehicles involved. Wonder if drivers age has anything to do with this. Compulsory retesting at 75 as far as I am concerned.
How do you know it was anything to do with their age? Maybe there was a mechanical problem with the car i.e a blow -out! Is there anything in this World that you are not an 'Expert ' on?
[quote][p][bold]smith&weston[/bold] wrote: Drove past the scene last night and can only ask myself-HOW? It,s a straight stretch of road and no other vehicles involved. Wonder if drivers age has anything to do with this. Compulsory retesting at 75 as far as I am concerned.[/p][/quote]How do you know it was anything to do with their age? Maybe there was a mechanical problem with the car i.e a blow -out! Is there anything in this World that you are not an 'Expert ' on? jimstevo
  • Score: 4

6:56pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Haydock says...

How come there was no mention of the Police Officer who went down the 10ft ditch into 4ft of water and pulled the 92 year old out and stayed down there with him until colleagues arrived who then pulled both of them up??
How come there was no mention of the Police Officer who went down the 10ft ditch into 4ft of water and pulled the 92 year old out and stayed down there with him until colleagues arrived who then pulled both of them up?? Haydock
  • Score: 10

6:01pm Thu 16 Jan 14

smith&weston says...

I hope the Star will update us with any further actions regarding this incident. What I do know is that had it involved a younger driver, we'd have had BRAKE on here by now, screaming for speed cameras, speed reduction, increased penalties for due care and attention and licence bans.
I hope the Star will update us with any further actions regarding this incident. What I do know is that had it involved a younger driver, we'd have had BRAKE on here by now, screaming for speed cameras, speed reduction, increased penalties for due care and attention and licence bans. smith&weston
  • Score: 4

8:21pm Thu 16 Jan 14

jimstevo says...

smith&weston wrote:
I hope the Star will update us with any further actions regarding this incident. What I do know is that had it involved a younger driver, we'd have had BRAKE on here by now, screaming for speed cameras, speed reduction, increased penalties for due care and attention and licence bans.
What are you talking about!? If you look at this week's Star there were 3 other serious accidents in the area this week ! 2 on the East Lancs and 1 on the M6! Don't see anyone mentioning the ages of the drivers or calling for 're-testing' of the drivers involved!
[quote][p][bold]smith&weston[/bold] wrote: I hope the Star will update us with any further actions regarding this incident. What I do know is that had it involved a younger driver, we'd have had BRAKE on here by now, screaming for speed cameras, speed reduction, increased penalties for due care and attention and licence bans.[/p][/quote]What are you talking about!? If you look at this week's Star there were 3 other serious accidents in the area this week ! 2 on the East Lancs and 1 on the M6! Don't see anyone mentioning the ages of the drivers or calling for 're-testing' of the drivers involved! jimstevo
  • Score: -2

8:59am Fri 17 Jan 14

Keva68 says...

Should revoke licences at 75 never mind retest make use of your free bus pass.
Should revoke licences at 75 never mind retest make use of your free bus pass. Keva68
  • Score: 2

11:52am Fri 17 Jan 14

jimstevo says...

Keva68 wrote:
Should revoke licences at 75 never mind retest make use of your free bus pass.
"The Institute of Advanced Motorists tried to close the age debate last week with new research revealing that, contrary to popular belief, drivers aged over 70 are no more likely to cause accidents than anyone else.
In fact the safety organisation concluded that older drivers were "considerably safer" than younger motorists and rejected calls for them to face compulsory retests.
The IAM – motto "driving road safety" – said that the eight per cent of UK drivers aged over 70 were involved in just four per cent of all injury accidents. Of the 15 per cent of drivers in their teens and 20s, however, 34 per cent were involved."
[quote][p][bold]Keva68[/bold] wrote: Should revoke licences at 75 never mind retest make use of your free bus pass.[/p][/quote]"The Institute of Advanced Motorists tried to close the age debate last week with new research revealing that, contrary to popular belief, drivers aged over 70 are no more likely to cause accidents than anyone else. In fact the safety organisation concluded that older drivers were "considerably safer" than younger motorists and rejected calls for them to face compulsory retests. The IAM – motto "driving road safety" – said that the eight per cent of UK drivers aged over 70 were involved in just four per cent of all injury accidents. Of the 15 per cent of drivers in their teens and 20s, however, 34 per cent were involved." jimstevo
  • Score: -3

1:02pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Keva68 says...

jimstevo wrote:
Keva68 wrote:
Should revoke licences at 75 never mind retest make use of your free bus pass.
"The Institute of Advanced Motorists tried to close the age debate last week with new research revealing that, contrary to popular belief, drivers aged over 70 are no more likely to cause accidents than anyone else.
In fact the safety organisation concluded that older drivers were "considerably safer" than younger motorists and rejected calls for them to face compulsory retests.
The IAM – motto "driving road safety" – said that the eight per cent of UK drivers aged over 70 were involved in just four per cent of all injury accidents. Of the 15 per cent of drivers in their teens and 20s, however, 34 per cent were involved."
That's probably because whilst they are plodding along doing 20mph in a 60mph zone it's the big queue getting impatient behind them who end up crashing.
The figures state injury accidents not all the silly little bumps they cause some people just don't know when to stop.
A retest at the very minimum should be be introduced as stated in earlier post.
[quote][p][bold]jimstevo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keva68[/bold] wrote: Should revoke licences at 75 never mind retest make use of your free bus pass.[/p][/quote]"The Institute of Advanced Motorists tried to close the age debate last week with new research revealing that, contrary to popular belief, drivers aged over 70 are no more likely to cause accidents than anyone else. In fact the safety organisation concluded that older drivers were "considerably safer" than younger motorists and rejected calls for them to face compulsory retests. The IAM – motto "driving road safety" – said that the eight per cent of UK drivers aged over 70 were involved in just four per cent of all injury accidents. Of the 15 per cent of drivers in their teens and 20s, however, 34 per cent were involved."[/p][/quote]That's probably because whilst they are plodding along doing 20mph in a 60mph zone it's the big queue getting impatient behind them who end up crashing. The figures state injury accidents not all the silly little bumps they cause some people just don't know when to stop. A retest at the very minimum should be be introduced as stated in earlier post. Keva68
  • Score: 4

5:34pm Fri 17 Jan 14

kjd161 says...

Keva68 wrote:
Should revoke licences at 75 never mind retest make use of your free bus pass.
A bus pass is no good if you want to go canoodling in ditches. The bus wouldn't stop there, and if it did, the driver wouldn't wait.
[quote][p][bold]Keva68[/bold] wrote: Should revoke licences at 75 never mind retest make use of your free bus pass.[/p][/quote]A bus pass is no good if you want to go canoodling in ditches. The bus wouldn't stop there, and if it did, the driver wouldn't wait. kjd161
  • Score: 1

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