‘Multiple casualties’ after Lancashire sledgers smash into dry stone walls

Mountain Rescue volunteers were called in yesterday (January 3rd) to report “multiple casualties” following sledging accidents in Lancashire.

In both cases, snow lovers hit dry stone walls and were either flown or transported to hospitals for treatment in a land ambulance.

The Rossendale Pendle Mountain Rescue Team (RPMRT) announced that they had been called to an area on Grane Road in Haslingden at around 3:20 p.m.

A sled driver reportedly walked “feet first” into a dry stone wall.

When the volunteers arrived at the scene, they found the victim and her friends “showing signs of hypothermia” and were “warmed up”.

A team doctor and a paramedic from the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) provided the sled driver with “strong pain relief” before he was then “packed and carried to the side of the road in the field to a rope system”.

They were taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital by a land administrator.

About 10 minutes after the first call, RPMRT was made aware of a second sledding incident near Downham, Ribble Valley.

The team said they were “several victims who also hit the dry stone wall at the bottom of the field”.

RPMRT paramedics were there first, providing triage to the victims. Those who didn’t need immediate care were put in a team vehicle to stay warm.

One person was brought to the Royal Preston Hospital by Yorkshire Air Ambulance. “

An RPMRT spokesman said: “Due to the nature and severity of the injuries, an ambulance request was made and as the NWAA was already busy, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance was called in to assist with further treatment and transport to Preston for the accident . ”

“The other victims were also handed over to A&E by the team.

“The team members picked up the equipment used in hospitals, brought the vehicles back to the base, cleaned and refilled the equipment, and finally returned home at 7:30 pm.”

They were part of a series of sledging incidents reported across Lancashire after the region was hit by snow and ice.

The police had to issue a plea against tobogganing in Pendle Hill and the surrounding villages because of “cruel” snow and “reckless” parking.

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