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Date added: 12 March 2007

Crash drama in Highworth 

Seatbelts save lives as minibus turns over
 
There was a major emergency just outside Highworth this morning when a minibus collided with two cars near the Freke Arms public house.

The incident caused the B4019 Highworth to Blunsdon road to be blocked for over three hours while ambulance services, the fire brigade and the police attended the scene to help those injured in the crash.
 
Freke Arms crash
Lucky escape:
the crash scene involving a minibus and two cars
(Freke Arms on the right of picture)
In all, six people were taken to the Great Western hospital - one via the Air Ambulance - suffering minor lacerations, whiplash injuries and shock.
 
None, thankfully, are reported to be in a serious condition.
 
Freke Arms crash
Road view of minibus crash

Freke Arms crash
Minibus crash

Freke Arms crash
Minibus crash

Freke Arms crash
Minibus crash
The accident happened at approximately 8.15am and comes just two weeks after a serious collision on the same road causing a local Highworth policeman to lose a leg and possibly an arm.

PC Martin Miles is still in intensive care at GWH following the crash on 22 February. The police are still appealing for witnesses.

Donations to a fund set up by Highworth residents to help PC Miles can be made via any branch of the Stroud & Swindon Building Society: sort code 40-43-21 - account 91199501 - bank reference S3397390.

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