A WOMAN was airlifted to hospital after a crash on a moorland road.
She was flown to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary by a Yorkshire Air Ambulance crew early yesterday after her Land Rover Discovery skidded off an icy road, smashed into banking and landed on its side.
The Ripponden rescue – which was helped by fire crews from Elland and Halifax – was the latest for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance which today celebrates its 10th anniversary.
And in that time, the helicopters have flown more than 3,000 people to treatment centres – and saved many lives.
One of those who owes his life to the Air Ambulance is Huddersfield schoolboy Callum Parkinson.
The 13-year-old was nearly killed when he was hit by a car outside his home on Station Road in Fenay Bridge.
In the subsequent three weeks hopes for his survival were low but mum Christine referred to his recovery as “a miracle”, which was only made possible by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
That prompted the family to launch a fundraising appeal for the Air Ambulance, which needs to raise £7,200 a day to keep the air ambulances flying.
Yesterday’s rescue came after an off-duty firefighter raised the alarm. He was driving past the Baitings Reservoir on Rochdale Road,Ripponden, at about 8.35am, and saw the crash.
Firefighters from Elland and Halifax arrived and found the casualty trapped in the vehicle.
The woman, thought to be in her 20s or 30s, was extricated from the vehicle using cutting equipment and flown to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
She was detained for treatment.
The Air Ambulance operates two MD902 helicopters from bases at Leeds Bradford Airport and Sheffield Business Park.
They cover an astonishing four million acres.
Paul Gowland, director of fundraising, said: “We can’t believe that 10 years have passed from the charity’s first operations.
“We have come a long way from humble beginnings at the start of the decade. However, we are extremely mindful that we would have achieved nothing without the generosity and support of the people of Yorkshire.”