Passing bus driver plucked baby from A1073 car wreckage

The scene of the crash on the new A1073 bypass yesterday, where retained firefighter Dave Ellis rescued a baby from the wreckage.

The scene of the crash on the new A1073 bypass yesterday, where retained firefighter Dave Ellis rescued a baby from the wreckage.

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AN EIGHT-month-old baby was rescued by a passing off-duty firefighter just moments after a head-on collision near Crowland yesterday.

The boy and his parents were seriously injured in the crash involving two cars on the new A1073 bypass at about 9.35am.

Dave Ellis, a retained firefighter based at Crowland, came across the accident while driving a Tourmaster coach full of schoolchildren to Butlins in Skegness.

Mr Ellis is understood to have stopped to help pull the baby free from the wreckage before resuming his journey when on-duty emergency service crews took control of the scene.

He had been driving one of two coaches for pupils from the Jack Hunt School in Peterborough on the day trip.

The injured family, who are from the Huntingdon area, had been travelling in a red Ford Focus when they were involved in the collision with a white Seat Lyon.

Firefighters say they had to cut the 33-year-old father and 31-year-old mother free from the car using hydraulic equipment. The father and baby were airlifted to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, where they are in a serious condition.

The mother, who was driving the car, was taken to hospital in Peterborough suffering from serious head and leg injuries.

The driver of the Seat, a 50-year-old man from Sibsey, near Boston, was taken to hospital in Peterborough for treatment to cuts and bruises.

The road was still closed as the Spalding Guardian went to press at 5pm. Diversions were put in place along the old A1073.

Tourmaster Coaches owner Dave Dinsey, a former retained firefighter, praised Mr Ellis’s actions.

“I’m pleased he has been some help,” he said.

“Out of the two coaches it was lucky Dave was driving that one.”

Mr Dinsey said this is not the first time his drivers have stopped to help at the scene of an accident, with many of them also working as retained firefighters.

Any witnesses to the collision should contact Lincolnshire Police’s collision witness hotline on 01522 558855.