Firemen chop driver out of butcher’s van

A kosher butcher shop’s van driver had to be cut out of his vehicle on Wednesday morning following a serious road collision with another car.

The H Gross & Son employee was trapped for more than an hour after the crash at the junction of Princes Park Avenue and Golders Green Road, close to the store, shortly before 11am.

An eyewitness at Kay’s Delicatessen, opposite the junction, said: “The driver hurt his back and the firemen were worried about taking him out of the van, so they had to cut the roof off.”

London Ambulance Service sent one fast-response vehicle and one ambulance to the scene where they were met by a team of firefighters from Hendon Fire Station.

The road was closed for one hour while the emergency teams worked to free the driver, in his 40s.

He was taken by ambulance to the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, suffering from non-life threatening back injuries.

    Last updated: 10:04am, April 2 2009