Man crushed while changing tyre on roundabout

Emergency service vehicles attend a road traffic accident on Bradley Stoke Way.

A man was taken to hospital with serious injuries after being pinned between two vehicles on Bradley Stoke Way at around 6:45pm last night (Tuesday 15th January).

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was taken to Frenchay Hospital with what were described as “life changing injuries” following the incident on the Savages Wood Roundabout, near Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

Some reports from the scene suggest he may have been changing a tyre when he was struck by another vehicle. A third vehicle is then believed to have collided with the first two.

Journal readers writing on our Facebook page report seeing a white Peugeot apparently broken down on the edge of the roundabout [map] from as early as 5:30pm.

One BSJ Facebook contributor, Bel Miles, wrote:

“Saw it all from my window, guy got trapped between two cars while getting stuff out his boot then a third car crashed into them sandwiching the guy between the two stationary cars! Looked painful poor guy!”

The car immediately behind the Peugeot was a grey Audi, while a grey Mitsubishi L200 with damage to its front nearside corner stood alongside the other two vehicles, closer to the centre of the roundabout.

At least ten emergency service vehicles attended the incident, including six regular police cars or vans, two unmarked police cars, an ‘air [ambulance] support’ car and an ambulance.

Emergency service vehicles attend a road traffic accident on Bradley Stoke Way.

Bradley Stoke Way was closed southbound for more than four hours following the incident. Traffic was diverted at the Aldi Roundabout in the north and the Webbs Wood Roundabout in the south. A police road block was also set up for a while near the Three Brooks Pub, which prevented traffic leaving the Willow Brook Centre from turning left into Savages Wood Road.

Vehicles were also prevented from entering Fiddlers Wood Lane to access the Leisure Centre and Bradley Stoke Community School, although traffic already at those venues was being let out onto the roundabout.

The injured man was taken away in an ambulance at around 7:45pm, after which police collision investigators moved in to record the scene.

Recovery vehicles were then allowed in to remove the three cars.

The road was still closed at 10:10pm, by which time one of the vehicles had been hoisted onto a recovery vehicle.

Recovery vehicles attend a road traffic accident on Bradley Stoke Way.

Police say the road was finally re-opened at 10:25pm.

Officers investigating the incident would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collisions. Anyone with information is asked to call the Collision Investigation Unit on 101.

Photo 1: The accident scene at 7:40pm. The injured man has just been transferred to the ambulance (out of shot to left).

Photo: 2: The ambulance prepares to depart. The boot of the Peugeot is raised and a wheel lies on the grass verge.

Photo 3: The damaged Mitsubishi is recovered at 10:10pm.

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  1. My husband and I walked by the car about 10 minutes before it happened. The flashers were on and it was in the chevrons, out of the travel lane. Coming out of Tesco I met up with my neighbour who told us what had just happened. Poor guy – I hope he recovers.

  2. Police witness appeal issued this morning:

    Police are appealing for witnesses and information following a serious road traffic collision yesterday (Wednesday 16th January 2013).

    The incident occurred at around 7pm at the junction of Bradley Stoke Way and Fiddlers Wood Lane, Bradley Stoke, Bristol (next to the exit for the Leisure Centre and High School).

    Two cars were parked at the nearside edge of the roundabout with the owners attending to a flat tyre when a third vehicle collided with them. One man has serious and possibly life changing injuries.

    Anyone who saw the collision or the two stationary vehicles is asked to contact PC 2605 Lambert on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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