Teenager thrown from car.
A TEENAGER who was thrown from his car when it collided with a tree is "extremely lucky" to be alive, say paramedics.
The 18-year-old man was thrown clear of his car in a "significant collision" with a tree on the B5013 at Dapple Heath, Rugeley, at 12.30pm on Sunday.
An ambulance, two rapid response vehicles and the County Air Ambulance were dispatched to the scene following a 999 call and the University Hospital of North Staffordshire put on alert.
But to the surprise of medical staff the teenage driver was not seriously hurt.
He was treated at the scene for a back injury before being airlifted to hospital.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "On arrival at the scene, crews found a car believed to have left the road and been in a significant collision with a tree.
The man driving the car had been ejected from the vehicle.
"Due to the extent of the damage to the vehicle, it seems the man has been extremely lucky to escape serious injury. His injuries could have easily been far more serious or even life-threatening."