Runaway car injures man in tent

PUBLISHED: 15:33 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 11:03 17 June 2010

A RUNAWAY car seriously injured a man when it crashed into his tent at Ladram Bay Holiday Centre, last Saturday. Lee Redman, 40, was sleeping in the tent with his wife when at around 1am a black Austin Mini, without a driver, careered into it. Ambulance

A RUNAWAY car seriously injured a man when it crashed into his tent at Ladram Bay Holiday Centre, last Saturday.

Lee Redman, 40, was sleeping in the tent with his wife when at around 1am a black Austin Mini, without a driver, careered into it.

Ambulance crew and a rapid response team were sent out to the scene and on arrival found Mr Redman, of Bridgwater, Somerset to be conscious and breathing.

The man, who has a 10-year-old daughter who was not in the tent, was taken to Royal Devon and Exeter hospital suffering from broken bones and possible spinal injuries.

The owner of the mini is believed to be a 17-year-old from Yeovil who was staying at the holiday Park.

Claire Williams, general manager at Ladram Bay Holiday Centre, praised the efforts of other holiday makers at the time of the accident. She said: "There were some fantastic people including his wife who stayed calm, kept the area clear and assisted in getting Mr Redman out of the tent.

"The police are now dealing with the incident but we believe there was a fault with the handbrake of the car."

A spokeswoman from RD&E Hospital said on Tuesday: "Mr Redman is recovering well and is in good spirits.


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