Officer loses both legs after horror crash

Surgeons have had to amputate since car crashed into tree.

A police officer has lost both his legs following a horrific car crash on the A600.

Wilf Taylor, 26, who is based in Luton, was travelling from Bedford to Shefford on Sunday, January 14, when his car hit a tree near Chicksands.

The officer, who was off duty at the time, was trapped for three hours in his high-performance Subaru Impreza while firefighters prised apart the wreckage and medics fought to keep him alive.

Mr Taylor was said to be semi-conscious throughout the ordeal before finally being taken to Bedford South Wing Hospital, where his condition was initially stable but critical.

Bedfordshire Police have now confirmed surgeons have since amputated both the officer's legs.

A spokesman said he was still recovering following the surgery, and that his family were with him.

An official statement has not been issued but colleagues are said to be concerned for his wellbeing.

The spokesman added: "Out of respect for his family we are not commenting further."

Mr Taylor was alone in the car at the time of the accident and no other vehicles are thought to have been involved.

A passer-by on the road, between Deadmans Cross and the Shefford roundabout, had alerted the emergency services at around 9.30pm, shortly after the accident.

Gary Sanderson, spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service, said two station managers, an ambulance crew and paramedic fast response car, as well as police and firefighters attended the scene.

He added: "It was a very difficult incident to deal with and the police, fire and ambulance services did a magnificent job under difficult conditions.

"The car was severely wrapped round the tree on the side of the road and the driver had life-threatening injuries.

"A medical team of specialist nurses, doctors and surgeons even came down from the hospital to assist in the rescue.