PARAMEDICS tried frantically to save the life of a Uttoxeter pensioner after he suffered fatal injuries in an A38 smash.
Peter White, 83, of Sycamore Close, Uttoxeter, died after his silver Suzuki car hit the metal central reservation near the Branston junction of the dual carriageway on Friday morning.
Three ambulances, three fire engines and police cars dashed to the scene just after 10.30am during torrential downpours across the region.
An air ambulance was requested to transport the injured man to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital, but weather conditions meant it was unable to fly.
Instead the helicopter team had to drive 37 miles from its base in Cosford, Shropshire, to assist two regular ambulance crews already at the scene.
Paramedics fought to save Mr White’s life for 20 minutes but, despite their best efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The road remained shut for hours afterwards while the wreckage was cleared and road collision investigators combed the scene for clues as to why the car crashed.
The exact cause has not yet been established, but it is thought no other vehicles were involved. Police are, however, appealing for witnesses to the incident.
A statement from Staffordshire Police said: “Officers attended along with colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service and found a silver Suzuki had been in collision with the central reservation on the northbound carriageway near the Branston junction.
“Despite paramedic’s best efforts, the driver was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. The man’s family have been informed and specially trained officers are supporting them at this difficult time.”
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman added: “For 20 minutes, crews gave advanced life support. Sadly, despite those best efforts, he was confirmed dead at the scene.”