Blacktown driver severs his own foot after not realizing his car was on as he’s flown to Westmead

Extraordinarily clever way a pair of quick-thinking tradies saved a man’s life – using their tool belts

  • A driver in his 80s is in a serious but stable condition after severing off his foot
  • Two heroic tradies, who were luckily in the street, used their belt as a tourniquet
  • NSW Ambulance Inspector Greg Marshall said the tradies actions saved his life
  • The man was transported to Westmead Hospital where he is receiving treatment

A pair of quick-thinking tradies have saved the life of a man who was hit by his own car as he exited the still-running vehicle in Sydney’s west.

NSW Ambulance says paramedics responded to the accident on Thistle way, Blacktown at around 2pm on Wednesday with the Careflight Helicopter deployed to provide additional support.

The elderly man was transported to Westmead Hospital in Sydney’s west and is in a serious, but stable condition.

A man in his 80s has had his foot severed by a car as it reversed out of a driveway in Sydney's west, he is in a serious but stable condition at Westmead Hospital (pictured, stock image)

A man in his 80s has had his foot severed by a car as it reversed out of a driveway in Sydney’s west, he is in a serious but stable condition at Westmead Hospital (pictured, stock image)

‘It appears the patient was trying to get out of his car and didn’t realize the vehicle was still running,’ NSW Ambulance Inspector Greg Marshall wrote in a statement.

‘He has somehow knocked the vehicle back into gear and put his left foot on the accelerator, which caused the car to run over his right foot.’

Mr Marshall praised the heroics of two nearby tradies who sprung into action to help the seriously injured man.

‘Luckily, there were two tradies who were in the street and managed to use their belt as a tourniquet,’ Mr Marshall said.

‘When we arrived, we then applied another two tourniquets. The actions of the doctors undoubtedly helped save the patient’s life.’

NSW Ambulance says paramedics responded to Thistle Way in Blacktown (pictured) at around 2pm on Wednesday where two heroic tradies had used a belt as a tourniquet that 'undoubtedly helped save the patient's life'

NSW Ambulance says paramedics responded to Thistle Way in Blacktown (pictured) at around 2pm on Wednesday where two heroic tradies had used a belt as a tourniquet that ‘undoubtedly helped save the patient’s life’

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