Two cut free from wreckage after collision at Dyfatty junction in Swansea
FIRE crews used two sets of cutting equipment to remove the roof of a car following a smash at one of Swansea’s busiest junctions.
Under the direction of paramedics, the Swansea Central and Morriston crews operated in tandem to slice off the roof of a grey Vauxhall Corsa, which had ended up sideways on a small traffic island at the Dyfatty Street-High Street junction.
Two female passengers inside were kept stabilised while the firefighters set about their work.
It appeared that the Corsa had been in collision with a white Mercedes Vito van.
Police officers diverted traffic after the crash, which happened just before 4.30pm.
Ambulances and rapid response vehicles were first at the scene, said bystander John Landry.
“I was in my flat and heard a skid and then a bang,” said the 23-year-old.
Morriston fire station manager Mark Shepherd said paramedics needed to gain access to the damaged Corsa to ascertain any spinal injuries among its occupants.
“We did a full removal of the roof using hydraulic cutting gear,” he said.
“Then we braced the two young ladies and stabilised them, ready for removal.”
Rush hour traffic built up as police officers closed the top of High Street, while two removal trucks were on standby opposite the junction at the bottom of Carmarthen Road.
Bystanders, including pals Lauren Carmichael, aged 17, and Alisha Criddle, aged 16, looked
on and said: “We were on a bus which stopped and turned around, so we came up to have a look.”
Mr Shepherd said he had also attended yesterday morning’s multi-vehicle M4 smash on the Briton Ferry bridge, plus another road accident later on at Coronet Way, Swansea Enterprise Park.
“It was one of those days,” he said.