Sam on the mend after minibus crash

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A TALENTED sportsman who was crushed in an accident has come out of his coma and is making good progress.

Sam Radford, who plays for Seaford Cricket Club (SCC), was pinned to his seat in a minibus when a security barrier smashed through the front of the vehicle.

The 18-year-old suffered broken ribs and a damaged lung and had been in intensive care since the accident on Wednesday January 26.

He is now out of intensive care and has been moved to another ward, where he has been taken off painkilling drugs.

John Smith, head coach and vice-chairman of SCC, told the Eastbourne Gazette and Herald last week that the teenager was off sedation.

This week Mr Smith, who has coached Sam since he was 10-years-old, said the sportsman had put an update on his Facebook page over the weekend saying he hoped to be home soon.

Firefighters spent more than an hour rescuing Sam, a former Newlands School pupil, from the wreckage.

He was with classmates from the John Ruskin college in Croydon at the time of the accident.

He is a student at the college and is currently a football academy scholar with Croydon Athletic FC and lives in the town.

A message on the Croydon Athletic website reads, “Sam Radford is now out of intensive care and off the ventilator, and is said to be making good progress. All the best Sam.”