David Wright from Oxfordshire
October 1981, while working as a driver for Coalite Chemical
Company in Derbyshire, I encountered a multi-vehicle
collison on the M1 motorway involving 11 vehicles.
I was a trained first aider volunteer of the St John Ambulance
section within Coalite. I parked the tanker and began
organising traffic control while waiting for the police and
ambulance to arrive. With my first aid bag, I attended a
lady with cuts and bruises.
My next casualty was a male in his HGV cab. The driver suffered
lacerations to his head and neck. I controlled the bleeding
and dressed his wounds and then attended another male casualty with
multiple fractures. I made him as comfortable as possible,
fitted a collar and strapped his head to the headrest of his
vehicle to await the ambulance service personnel.
In 1982 I was awarded a meritorious service
certificate from St John Ambulance and a letter of
commendation from the West Riding Police.’