First aid for car crush victims

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First aiders raced into action to provide emergency treatment to members of the public who were injured in an incident during a Family Fun Day at Goodwood Racecourse over the bank holiday.

Volunteers were called to the accident which took place in one of the car parks situated inside the course just after midday, where they found a jeep which had rolled down a bank hitting pedestrians and a number of parked cars along the way.

The driver of the jeep was unhurt however some of the pedestrians suffered crush injuries and required urgent attention from the St John team who were quick to respond to their needs.

...it’s reassuring to know that when plunged into such a situation, our volunteers are able to call upon their skills and training to help save lives

Dan May
St John Ambulance Assistant Commissioner Operations, Sussex

Three members of the public were transferred to St Richards Hospital from the scene by South East Coast Ambulance Service while the St John volunteers remained on site at the racecourse to maintain a first aid presence, meaning that the days racing could go ahead as planned with only a 30 minute delay.

Assistant Commissioner Operations for St John Sussex Dan May said: ‘The team of volunteers, mainly from our Chichester Division who were at Goodwood on the day of the incident did a wonderful job of caring for the injured people and worked extremely well alongside the professional paramedics who eventually took the casualties to hospital.

Incidents as serious as this one are thankfully quite rare, but it’s reassuring to know that when plunged into such a situation, our volunteers are able to call upon their skills and training to help save lives.’