Huge emergency services response as Waitrose car park sealed off

Waitrose car park and surrounding rounds were this afternoon cordoned off after a driver suffered a medical episode at the wheel and crashed into railings.

The incident happened on Chapel Lane in Formby just before 5.05pm today, June 23. Emergency services including police, fire and rescue, the North West Ambulance Service and the air ambulance were all called to the scene, with a helicopter landing in the car park of Waitrose on Three Tuns Lane.

Pictures from the scene, supplied by The Formby Bubble, show the car park cordoned off and the air ambulance landing outside the supermarket.

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One witness at the scene said a "huge number of police cars quickly arrived at the scene and taped off the area".

An air ambulance landed in Waitrose car park in Formby after a driver suffered a medical episode and crashed his car into railings
An air ambulance landed in Waitrose car park in Formby after a driver suffered a medical episode and crashed his car into railings -Credit:Formby Bubble

It was reported a man, aged in his 40s, had suffered medical episode at the wheel of his white Honda car, resulting in the vehicle veering out of control across a roundabout before crashing into railings. He was taken to hospital, where his condition is described as serious.

The front seat passenger, a woman in her 30s, sustained a leg injury and was also taken to hospital for treatment. Her condition is stable, police said.

Following the incident, Three Tuns Lane, School Lane, and the main village thoroughfare were all blocked off by police vehicles, and Sumner Road car park was also cordoned off.

Travel Monitor Inrix states: "Chapel Lane in both directions blocked, queueing traffic due to accident at Halsall Lane. On the roundabout."

It is understood Waitrose was closed at the time of the incident.

A Merseyside fire and rescue service spokesman said: "Crews were alerted at 5.08pm and on scene shortly after. Two fire engines and the search and rescue team attended alongside Merseyside Police and North West Ambulance Service (NWAS).

"Crews arrived to find a road traffic collision involving one car. Merseyside Police managed traffic while four casualties received treatment from NWAS and firefighters worked to contain an oil spill.

"All four casualties were transported to hospital by NWAS and fire crews made the scene safe before handing over to Merseyside Police. Crews left the scene at 6.38pm."

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