A TRACTOR driver has been airlifted to hospital with "severe burns" after crashing into overhead power cables in a Herefordshire field.

Fire crews were called to Preston-on-Wye, between Hereford and Hay-on-Wye, at 12.15pm on Monday, where a tractor had crashed with the power lines, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said.


Fire crews from Hereford, Ewyas Harold, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye were sent to the field of standing crop.

The driver, a man, was treated to "severe burns", according to Ewyas Harold fire station.


A fire service spokesperson said he was freed from the tractor by West Midlands Ambulance Service and airlifted to hospital in Birmingham.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 12.10pm to an incident on Preston Court, Preston-on-Wye in Hereford.

"We sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

"On arrival we found one patient, a man, who had sustained serious injuries.

"He received advanced trauma care at the scene and was conveyed to University Hospital Birmingham via air ambulance for further treatment."

More than 600 homes and businesses were left without power after the crash, Western Power Distribution said.

"Our engineers were called to the scene," a spokesperson said.

"679 customers were taken off supply, for safety reasons, and 665 customers were restored within around 1 hour 40 minutes.

"Not all customers were without supply for all that time, as customers were restored in stages. Fourteen customers remain without supply until engineers finish repairs."