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Pensioner dragged 50 metres along road outside Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital entrance

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: February 11, 2014



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Paramedics rushed to the aid of an elderly woman after she was dragged 50 metres outside the entrance of the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital after her coat got stuck in the door of the car she had been a passenger.

The horrific event occurred outside the main entrance to the hospital.

Police confirmed that an 89-year-old woman, from Exeter, was dragged along the road after being dropped off outside the hospital.

It is understood the female driver of the Saab 9–3 from Exeter stopped the car, in which the pensioner was a passenger, upon realising what had happened.

An ambulance was called but, because they were so close by, paramedics were able to run to the scene to help her.

Hospital staff also helped the lady, who reportedly suffered a hip injury and possible injury to her shoulder.

A hospital spokesperson said they were unable to confirm the pensioner’s condition, due to patient confidentiality.

The incident occurred at about 2.05pm on Friday, January 31.

Officers from the serious collision department at Devon and Cornwall Police have been investigating the circumstances of the incident.

The road was closed for about four and a half hours until about 6.30pm on the day of the accident.

A police spokesperson has since confirmed that no action has been taken against the driver, and the investigation into the incident has now been closed.

A police spokesperson said: “A woman in her 80s was carried along the road for around 50m by the car she had been a passenger in, after her coat became stuck in the door when she got out.

“An ambulance was called and the woman was treated for suspected hip and shoulder injuries down her right side which are not thought to be life threatening.

“The incident has been under investigation by the serious collision department and no action has been taken against the driver and this course of investigation will not be pursued further by us.”

An RD&E spokesman, added: “Our medical staff assisted paramedics when they responded to a traffic incident at Wonford Hospital on January 31.

“We subsequently helped the police with their investigation and do not intend to conduct our own.”

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  • Trustee  |  February 11 2014, 5:40PM

    A very sad accident - but why close the road for four and a half hours? Surely half an hour would have been enough?

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