Man cut free after crash blocks Derby Road
A MAN had to be cut free from his vehicle by firefighters after two cars crashed in Derby Road, Nottingham.
It happened at about 1pm yesterday and police shut the road while crews from Central Fire Station cut the roof off a Vauxhall Astra.
The other car involved in the crash was a blue Ford Focus.
Jade Fitzsimmons, 22, a support worker, of Westwick Road, Bilborough, was walking along the road when the crash happened. She said: "I was in a crash about a year ago. I know what it's like, it's horrible and my heart goes out to the people involved.
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"I don't think the people in the Ford Focus were too badly hurt, they managed to get out of the car themselves and get into an ambulance."
A parked Nissan Micra was also damaged.
Miss Fitzsimmons said: "I saw the woman return to her car and see it was scratched. I bet she feels awful about it."
Freelance photographer Sam Hardwick, 22, of Hall Drive, Beeston, was also at the scene.
He said: "It happened just after 1pm. I saw the fire engines racing up Derby Road and I started taking pictures.
"Although the roof had to be cut off the car and it looked quite bad, I think everyone will be OK."
Gabriel Cooper, 24, who works as a nursery nurse in nearby St Joseph's School, heard the crash.
He said: "I was talking to a parent when I heard a loud bang. I thought, 'oh my God, I hope everyone is OK'."
Police closed the road, causing traffic delays, while the rescue operation was carried out. Both cars were later towed away.
A diversion was set in place along North Circus Street near Nottingham Playhouse, and the road fully reopened at around 2.30pm.
Notts Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that one man was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre.