THREE people were taken to hospital after a crash near Shipston last night.

One woman was trapped for nearly an hour before being cut free from one of the two vehicles involved.

The smash took place around 7pm yesterday on the A3400 in Long Compton.

An ambulance, two paramedic area support officers in rapid response vehicles, and the Trust’s MERIT rapid response vehicle, carrying a critical care paramedic and trauma doctor were dispatched to the scene. An ambulance from South Central Ambulance Service was also in attendance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene crews found two cars that had been in collision.

“The driver from the first car, a man in his 40’s, was treated for minor injuries at the scene before being conveyed to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for further assessment and treatment.

“Two occupants were found trapped in the second car. The first casualty, a man believed to be in his 20’s, was trapped for a short period of time. Once freed, he was treated for neck and back pain and multiple lacerations.The man was fully immobilised and was also conveyed to the John Radcliffe Hospital.

“The second occupant, a woman in her 20’s, was trapped for nearly an hour. Ambulance and fire crews worked together to extricate the woman from the vehicle.

“Ambulance crews treated the woman for serious multiple injuries to her legs, pelvis, back and head. The woman was fully immobilised and taken to the same hospital for further treatment.

“The doctor and critical care paramedic from MERIT travelled on board the ambulance with the woman continuing to provide emergency medical treatment whilst en route to hospital.

“The hospital was pre-alerted to the arrival of the casualties and of their injuries.”