Appeal for motorists to belt up after crash

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Motorists have been urged by a senior firefighter to ensure young passengers wear seat belts after three children escaped serious injury in a road crash in Melton.

A family of five were travelling on Asfordby Road in a Vauxhall Astra when their vehicle was in collison with a Renault Scenic.

Two adults in the front seats of the Astra were treated at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham - a 45-year-old woman remained in hospital and was reported to be in a stable condition earlier this week while a 41-year-old man, who had been driving, was discharged after being treated.

The man who was driving the Scenic was also discharged from hospital after treatment following the accident, which happened shortly before 9am on Friday, close to the entrance to the golf course.

Incident commander Steve Warner, who attended with firefighters from Melton and Oakham, said everyone in both vehicles had been wearing seat belts.

He said: “The main message from this is that everybody should wear a seat belt, particularly children.

“The fact this family were all wearing seat belts and the air bags deployed really contributed to their well-being because it was clearly quite an impact.”

Asfordby Road was closed in both directions immediately after the crash as five ambulances and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance raced to the scene.

Firefighters removed the roofs of both vehicles to extricate those in the cars, which included a seven-year-old boy and two girls aged eight and 10 in the Astra.

Mr Warner, who is based at Melton Fire Station, said: “The woman in the family car appeared to have broken both arms and the man had bumped his head.

“They all seemed very calm and controlled, particularly the children, who didn’t seem to have any injuries.

“An off-duty nurse who had stopped at the scene looked after the children in her car.”

A spokesperson for East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) said all casualties were taken to hospital in ambulances and their injuries were not serious enough for them to be airlifted.

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police said: “The Astra was travelling away from Melton town centre and the Scenic was driving in the opposite direction when they collided near the golf course.

“If anyone witnessed the incident or saw either vehicle beforehand then we need them to contact us.”

Witnesses are asked to dial 101 and leave a message for PC 1210 Adam Sparrow or contact police annonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.