People 'lucky to be alive' after Gloucestershire crash

Three people have been described as "lucky to be alive" after their car was in a collision with a tractor.

A boy, thought to be 16, was seriously injured and flown to hospital by air ambulance after the crash, on the B4008 between Stonehouse and Gloucester.

Two men, though to be in their early 20s, were taken to hospital by road ambulance. The crash happened at about 1600 BST on Tuesday.

An ambulance spokesman said they were "very lucky to have escaped alive."

He said the driver of the John Deere tractor had not been hurt. Police said the three casualties had been in a Toyota Starlet car.

'Smashed up'

Ian Dowding, Great Western Ambulance Service's officer on scene, said when he first arrived, he had thought it could be a fatality.

"These three young men are very lucky to have escaped alive," he said.

"The car they were travelling in was quite small and was badly smashed up. The steering wheel was buckled and this gave us real cause for concern for the condition of the driver.

"But we assessed all three patients and while their injuries are potentially serious, thankfully they are not thought to be life-threatening."

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