Reverend Richard Coles praises 'hero' partner for rescuing man from flipped car

Northamptonshire vicar Richard Coles took to Twitter to praise his partner, the Rev David Coles, who freed a man from an overturned car on the A45.

Thursday, 20th July 2017, 5:51 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:29 am
Reverend Richard Coles

David Coles was on his way to see his partner installed as University of Northampton chancellor when he drew on his experience as a trauma nurse to smash the car's windscreen and save the man from the fuel-leaking car.

"What Rev David Coles is not saying is that after witnessing a crash on the A45 this morning he smashed the windscreen to get to a badly injured man who he assessed for neck injuries and then pulled out of his upside-down car because there was fuel leaking," wrote Richard Coles on Twitter on Tuesday.

"That's why he was a little late for my installation #hero."

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The installation ceremony was the vicar's formal unveiling as chancellor, having been appointed to the role earlier this year.

Northamptonshire Police and East Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed a man had been taken to hospital following a single-vehicle accident on the A45 at about 10:45 on July 18.

Richard Coles is the vicar of St Mary's Church in Finedon.