Fire crew rescues teenage ‘crash victim’

Firefighters demonstrate an extrication from a simulated RTC at Barnsley College
Firefighters demonstrate an extrication from a simulated RTC at Barnsley College

A TEENAGER had to be cut free from the mangled wreckage of a crashed vehicle right outside a South Yorkshire college.

Sixteen-year-old Luke Palfreyman was eventually pulled free by the Red Watch crew from the central Barnsley Fire Station.

But there was no need for his watching Barnsley College friends to panic.

The vehicle maintenance student, from Monk Bretton, was a volunteer - and the realistic-looking crash was an exercise, with an important message.

Watch manager Del Galloway was in charge of the demonstration at the college’s engineering and construction site on Old Mill Lane.

More than 300 students watched the unfolding events which were designed to show at first hand the serious consequences of unsafe driving of cars or motorcycles.

The car crash ‘rescue’ was part of a day-long series of activities organised by the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership.