Rescuers brave icy conditions

RESCUERS worked in treacherous conditions to assist at the scene of a road traffic accident in Flash.

Members of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team were forced to don crampons in order to safely reach a vehicle, which had lost control on sheet ice close to the Staffordshire Moorlands village on Friday afternoon.

One of the vehicle’s occupants, a 96-year-old from Derby, was evacuated on a stretcher to the village, where she was checked by paramedics.

A Buxton team spokesperson said: “The road conditions in that part of the village were very difficult, one of our team vehicles lost control on the ice. Fortunately no-one was injured.

“Our thanks to the community for their patience and to a van driver for transporting road salt.”

l Twenty-four hours earlier, members rescued a 17-year-old female who had slipped and fallen while walking close to Luds Church, near Gradbach.