Sunderland NHS worker aids trapped passenger in A19 drama

The scene of the accident.
The scene of the accident.
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A fast-acting hero stayed with an injured passenger at the scene of a Sunderland accident until emergency services arrived - but he insisted: "I only did what anyone would do."

NHS worker Terrence Haley, 30, described the drama which unfolded on the A19, late on Saturday night.

Emergency services at the scene.

Emergency services at the scene.

The Pennywell man was on his way home from the MetroCentre when he noticed a car on its roof on the stretch between the A1231 and the A183.

He drove back round and sprung into action. First, he put a warning triangle in the road to warn other passing cars.

Then, he got a torch out of his boot and headed for the vehicle. He said one person was trapped inside, the driver was standing nearby with what looked like a foot injury and a third women appeared to be alright.

"I heard a girl screaming," said reluctant hero Terrence. "She was on all fours and her leg was trapped.

Working on the vehicle.

Working on the vehicle.

"I was trying to calm her down and telling her to focus on my eyes."

Help started to arrive. First, a nurse came through the trees from the South Hylton area and then sirens could be heard, said Terrence.

Then, a police traffic officer was on the scene but Terrence still stayed to give as much help as he could.

And even when there was a threat of a petrol leak, he wouldn't leave.

The scene of the A19 accident.

The scene of the A19 accident.

The car, he said, "could have set on fire at any moment.

"The police officer was concerned for my safety and asked me to leave but he didn't have any light so I refused and stayed with him so that he could see what he was doing."

Terrence, who works for the NHS in the Sunderland area as a peer support worker, still stayed on until the rest of the emergency services arrived and took occupants of the car to hospital.

He said he never got to sleep until 5am on Sunday.

Emergency crews at the scene of the accident.

Emergency crews at the scene of the accident.

"It was the adrenaline. It just kept sticking in my mind that it could have been a lot worse. Someone has been watching over that girl."

But Terrence refused to brand himself as a hero. He said: "I don't class myself as that. People have said on social media that not all heroes wear capes and it is nice of them to say that.

"But I would do it for anyone. I just did what I thought was best.

"I've been asked why I stopped at the accident. I said that I couldn't just drive by and leave them. The way the car was, I was expecting a fatality."

Ambulance crews and fire engines were called to the incident on the southbound side of the dual carriageway. The North East Ambulance Service confirmed they took one person to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle and another to hospital in Sunderland.

Four fire engines and two ambulances were called. No details have yet been given on the extent of the injuries of the casualties.

Terrence Haley.

Terrence Haley.