Michael Bradshaw, 78, had broken his legs, arms, ribs and had a separated ankle and foot in the crash
Police officers who pulled a dying man from the wreckage of a car so he could say goodbye to his family have spoken about the ordeal.
Officers from Derbyshire Constabulary were on their way to another job when they came across the two-vehicle crash.
They saw the spotted smoke billowing from one of the cars and knew that they had to act quickly.
Michael Bradshaw had broken both legs as well as serious fractures to his ribs and arms. One of ankle and foot had also become separated in the head-on collision.
One of the officers told DerbyshireLive , that despite not being able to save his life, they did give him extra time to say goodbye to his family.
PC Pete Robinson said: “We were travelling to another job and went round a corner in the road and were faced with carnage.
“We think that it happened just a few moments before we arrived. We had to call off what we were going to and deal with this incident.”
PC Meek said: “There were two cars involved that had hit head-on, and one car was completely crushed.
“Then the crushed car started to smoke. We took our out fire extinguishers and reported the incident.
“It took about five minutes for other officers to join us at the scene.
“Unfortunately, there was nothing that we could do for the person in the crushed car except keep the flames under control.
“But there was a risk that the flames would spread to the other car so we had to take the decision to pull the other driver out of the vehicle.”
PC 14193, who didn’t wish to be named, said: “We attended because we are advanced first aiders. We went to the smashed car and we tried to fight the flames but we could not get to him.
“So we concentrated on the one in the other car.
“He suffered many injuries. He had a separated right angle and foot, and both his legs were broken.
“One of his arms had a compound fracture too, and he had some fractured ribs.”
PC Meek continued: “We carried him away from the wreckage and the fire service pulled him away on a stretcher.
“He unfortunately passed away afterwards.”
PC 14193 said: ”Although we didn’t save his life, the coroner at his inquest said that we gave him a chance to say goodbye to his family.
“His injuries were horrific – I could not believe he was still conscious when we got to him, but the fact that we helped him say goodbye to his family will always stick with me.”
The incident happened on October 22, 2017. Mr Bradshaw, 72, was airlifted to Northern General Hospital where he later died of his injuries.
The man in the other car has been named as Daniel Spooner, 30. He died at the scene.
PCs Robinson, Cocking, Meek, Parker and 14193 were honoured in the Derbyshire Constabulary Celebrating Achievement Awards last night.