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Two people trapped after car ploughs through wall of Hythe Library

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TWO people escaped injury after their car crashed through the wall of Hythe Library yesterday (Sunday) morning.

Emergency crews arrived at the scene, off New Road, shortly after 11am to deal with the collision which left the vehicle embedded in the community building’s wall, scattering shelves, books and chairs.

Although both occupants managed to get out of the car, they were unable to leave the locked library through the wreckage.

The mess inside (photo: HIWFRS)
The mess inside (photo: HIWFRS)

Firefighters from Hardley used a wire rope hoist to stabilise the vehicle before tunnelling through and check on the pair.

They then forced entry to the building to free them, where they were handed over to paramedics from South Central Ambulance Service.

Firefighters at the scene (photo: HIWFRS)
Firefighters at the scene (photo: HIWFRS)

Neither was injured, according to Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service and police.

A post on Hardley fire station’s Twitter account afterwards said: “Crews after using the Tirfor [wire rope hoist] to stabilise the car, tunnelled through to give IEC [immediate emergency care] to the casualties then forced entry to get them out!”

The Hampshire County Council-run library remains closed pending repairs to the damage.

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