‘Multiple casualties’ after Lancashire sledgers smash into dry stone walls

Mountain rescue volunteers were called to reports of ‘multiple casualties’ following sledging accidents in Lancashire yesterday (January 3).

In both incidents snow revellers smashed into dry stone walls and were either airlifted or transported by land ambulance to hospitals for treatment.

Rossendale Pendle Mountain Rescue Team (RPMRT) said they were called to an area off Grane Road in Haslingden at around 3.20pm.

A sledger had reportedly ‘gone feet first’ into a dry stone wall.

When volunteers arrived at the scene they found the casualty and their friends ‘showing signs of hypothermia’ and were ‘warmed up’.

A team doctor, along with a North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) paramedic, provided ‘strong pain relief’ for the sledger before they were then ‘packaged and stretchered along the field to a rope system’ to the roadside.

They were taken taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital by a land mambulance.

Around 10 minutes after the first call RPMRT were made aware of a second sledging incident near Downham, Ribble Valley.

The team said it involved ‘multiple casualties who had also ended up hitting into the dry stone wall at the bottom of the field’.

Paramedics from RPMRT were first on the scene and provided triage to the casualties. Those not requiring immediate care were placed into a team vehicle to stay warm.

One person was taken to Royal Preston Hospital by Yorkshire Air Ambulance.”

An RPMRT spokesperson said: “Due to the nature and seriousness of the injuries a request was made for an air ambulance, and with NWAA already busy, Yorkshire Air Ambulance was called in to assist and transported the casualty onto Preston for further treatment.

“The other casualties were dropped off to A&E by the team also.

“Team members collected the equipment used from hospitals, returned vehicles to base, cleaning and restocking equipment, finally returning home by 19:30.”

They were among a number of sledging incidents reported across Lancashire after the region was hit by snow and ice.

Police were forced to issue a plea to stop sledging at Pendle Hill and surrounding villages due to ‘atrocious’ snow and ‘inconsiderate’ parking.

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