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    Post the man was pinned down in the vehicle

    From Two killed in horrific crash as torrential rain and gale-force winds sweep across Britain | Mail Online

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said the man was pinned down in the vehicle suffering from neck injuries.
    He was removed from the vehicle on a spine board before being taken to hospital by ambulance.


    In the text above, what do the words in bold mean?


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    Re: the man was pinned down in the vehicle

    Pinned down means forcibly held down, usually, against ones will.

    In the case of your example, the person was probably pinned down by a crushed section of the car, or perhaps something that had fallen on the car (a tree for instance).

    A spine board is something which a person who has suffered a serious injury would be attached to by paramedics to keep the spine in a fixed position (to avoid further damage/injury).

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    Re: the man was pinned down in the vehicle

    Quote Originally Posted by dilermando View Post
    From Two killed in horrific crash as torrential rain and gale-force winds sweep across Britain | Mail Online

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said the man was pinned down in the vehicle suffering from neck injuries.
    He was removed from the vehicle on a spine board before being taken to hospital by ambulance.


    In the text above, what do the words in bold mean?
    #1 A tree branch fell onto the car, pushing the roof down so that the man was trapped [pinned down]

    #2 A spine board is a specially designed board on which people with suspected spinal injuries are strapped before being put into an ambulance. http://www.feuerwehr-flammersfeld.de...spineboard.jpg

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