BREAKING: Elderly couple rescued after car crashes through fence at Sainsbury’s store in Dronfield

Emergency services at the scene of today's crash in Dronfield. Picture courtesy of Martin Hoyland.
Emergency services at the scene of today's crash in Dronfield. Picture courtesy of Martin Hoyland.
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An elderly couple’s car has crashed through a fence and flipped upside down 15ft down an embankment by a supermarket car park in Dronfield this afternoon.

The couple, believed to be in their 80s, have been taken to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield following the incident, which happened at about 2.30pm today at the Sainsbury’s store on Wreakes Lane.

Emergency services at the scene of today's crash in Dronfield. Picture courtesy of Martin Hoyland.

Emergency services at the scene of today's crash in Dronfield. Picture courtesy of Martin Hoyland.

A spokeswoman for Derbyshire Police said firefighters had to free the trapped couple from their vehicle, while an air ambulance was also sent to the scene.

The rescue operation, which lasted for around an hour, was witnessed by shocked staff and shoppers.

A massive rescue operation was launched by the emergency services to free the couple, with firefighters from South Yorkshire and Derbyshire sent to the scene, along with police, paramedics and an air ambulance which landed in the supermarket car park.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service said firefighters had to stabilise the vehicle, before using cutting gear to free the trapped couple.

The fence where a serious car accident occurred in the car park at Sainsburys Dronfield

The fence where a serious car accident occurred in the car park at Sainsburys Dronfield

The woman was let out first, with the man rescued next.

The pair were out of the vehicle by 3.22pm and were taken to hospital.

The extent of their injuries is not yet known.

Police are still on the scene tonight, with tape placed around the area of the fence that the car went through.

The fence where a serious car accident occurred in the car park at Sainsburys Dronfield

The fence where a serious car accident occurred in the car park at Sainsburys Dronfield

The vehicle is still believed to be on the embankment last night ahead of being recovered.