Driver cut free after car crashes into a wall near Kelso

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A 24-year-old man has been taken to hospital with suspected spinal injuries after being cut free from his car, which left the road and crashed into a dry stone dyke on the A699 road near Kelso.

The fire service received a call just after 11am this morning, reporting that the driver was trapped after his vehicle had left the road striking a dry stone dyke in a field.

Firefighters used a tirfor winch to stabilise the vehicle and then used specialist hydraulic cutting gear to remove the roof and side of the car.

Firefighters worked closely with ambulance personnel to make space and extricate the casualty safely from the car using a spinal board.

The casualty was taken to Borders General Hospital by ambulance suffering from suspected spinal injuries.