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Two women injured as fence is blown over by air ambulance




A woman and her elderly neighbour were thrown to the floor and injured by the force of an air ambulance as it left an incident near their homes.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance landed on the green just behind Liz Burton’s back garden last Thursday evening.

Liz, who has lived in Haverhill for eight years, said: “As it was taking off to go again it knocked our whole fence out. As I was holding on to the top of the fence I fell and smashed my face and arm.”

Liz Burton and neighbour Margaret Collins who were injured after a fence was blown over by an air ambulance taking off. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Liz Burton and neighbour Margaret Collins who were injured after a fence was blown over by an air ambulance taking off. Picture by Mecha Morton.

Margaret Collins, 72, Liz’s next door neighbour, also fell into a ditch full of stinging nettles injuring her neck and shoulder.

A land ambulance was called to Liz’s home in Forest Glade to check over her injuries, and paramedics said she had suffered concussion. They also visited Margaret.

Liz also hurt her face, leg, arm, foot, shoulder, neck, back and hip during the fall.

Liam, Liz’s partner who works as a self-employed bricklayer, has had to take several days off work to care for her.

The fence which was ripped from the ground by the force of the take off measured about 22ft and ran along Liz and Margaret’s back gardens and along the sides.

“We heard someone had had a heart attack in one of the houses nearby, however the air ambulance didn’t take anyone off,” Liz said.

Both Liz and Margaret said they were very shaken by the ordeal.

Speaking on Monday, Margaret, said: “I’m a bit stiff from falling in the ditch when the fence came down. Everything out the garden went. A lot of the pots and the fence all went out, I tried to retrieve them and slipped over the wood that had fallen down.”

A spokesperson for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, said: “We’re really sorry this accident happened and hope those involved are recovering well. We follow strict procedure and work with emergency services at scene on the necessary safety precautions during take-off and landing when we are attending an emergency.

“We are currently investigating this incident fully and in the meantime we’d like to ask for the public’s cooperation in following guidance from the emergency services and our crews to stay a safe distance (at least 50 metres) from air ambulances.”

Liz has been in touch with the East Anglian Air Ambulance service, and they are currently in discussions about repairing or replacing the fence and reimbursing Liam for the time off he had from work.



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