Heroic Waitrose security guard saves driver from Leigh’s wreckage


A HEROIC security guard rescued a driver from a wreckage accident outside a busy supermarket – insisting ‘it was automatic’ as his training began.

Two cars were involved in an accident at the junction of Elmsleigh Drive and London Road in Leigh, with one car being thrown into the railings at the side of the road.

Waitrose’s speedy security guard rushed to check on the man and help him to safety after the driver appeared concussed.

Initially, the security guard – Mike Garwood, of Eastwood – helped the driver out of the car before helping police divert traffic.

The 40-year-old said: ‘I was patrolling the store and saw a car sideways at an angle and immediately knew something was wrong.

“I ran quickly and saw there had been an accident and there was a man stuck in a car and he was a bit concussed.

“I used my first aid training and checked him to see what condition he was in and could see he was fine.

“There was petrol all over the road and I had to lift the door to open it and get him out. I managed to get him out and other people nearby took him onto the curb.

He said he then began helping police direct traffic and try to stop vehicles from running over fuel and debris on the street.

The accident happened around 12:40 p.m. Thursday.

Mr Garwood added: ‘I’ve done this sort of thing before and helped out after an accident. I just use my first aid and it works right away.

“It’s automatic and I just do it, the adrenaline and the realization comes after when I’ve done it all.”

Footage from the scene shows emergency services and a badly damaged car on the busy street.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: ‘We were called to a road traffic accident on London Road in Leigh at 12.42pm on Thursday.

“An ambulance was dispatched to the scene and assessed a patient who did not need to be transported to hospital.”


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