A North Yorkshire woman’s near-fatal car accident will feature in the next episode of Helicopter ER – the reality TV series featuring the work of Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Viv Crosier was travelling home from work when a van pulled out from a junction in front of her near Slingsby.
Unable to stop, she crashed into the side of the van at 40mph suffering multiple injuries. The 60-year-old was trapped in her crumpled car for over an hour as emergency services worked to stabilise her before cutting her free from the wreckage.
Extremely grateful for the support from the emergency services team and the public Viv from Malton said: “Everybody was absolutely incredible, so kind and reassuring.”
“It was a hot day in mid-July, and it was overwhelming and scary. One lady got straight in the car to help me, and she didn’t know what state the car was in, but she didn’t think twice.”
“The way the emergency services worked together was brilliant. I’m so thankful.”
Being an hour’s drive from a major trauma centre, Yorkshire Air Ambulance flew Viv within 15 minutes to Leeds General Infirmary.
Scans revealed the Weighbridge Operator had broken her back, her right ankle, and foot. She was in the hospital for 7 days and underwent surgery 11 months later for her ankle.
She had to learn to walk again after her injuries, with family and friends supporting her on her long rehabilitation journey. Viv has returned to work as a Weighbridge Operator at Ian Mosey Feeds after 15 months and is finally returning to normality.
Viv’s story features in Tuesday’s episode of Helicopter ER, the award-winning Discovery programme which follows the life-saving work of Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Episode 9, which airs on Really, also features a man who went into cardiac arrest whilst playing golf, a farmer who was crushed by one of her cows, and a pensioner who drove into a house after an automatic gearbox mix-up.
Serving a population of approximately five million people across the whole of Yorkshire, the Charity operates two air ambulance helicopters from airbases at The Nostell Priory near Wakefield and RAF Topcliffe near Thirsk, plus two Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs).
The rapid response air emergency service relies on public donations and fundraising to continue saving lives.