'I pulled Hull FC star Brett Seymour from BMW after crash'
A MAN has spoken of the moment he pulled Hull FC star Brett Seymour from the wreckage of his overturned car.
The man said he helped free the player through the driver's side window of his BMW, which overturned after he crashed into two parked cars.
"He was trying to crawl through the window, but he kept getting stuck," said the man.
"The car was upside down and he was inside. He was conscious, but groggy. I helped to pull him through the window and told him to sit down on the kerb."
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Seymour was placed on leave by the club after the crash in Itlings Lane, Hessle, on Sunday night.
He spent one night in Hull Royal Infirmary for treatment to cuts and bruises, but was not seriously injured.
His wife, Roseanne, later told well-wishers on a Facebook page how he has been battling depression.
The man who witnessed the accident, who did not wish to be named, said: "I was coming up to Itlings roundabout when I saw a light, which I thought was a motorbike. When I got closer, I saw the car on its side and then I saw it flip on to its roof.
"I went round the roundabout and pulled over and ran over to the car. Petrol was leaking out of the tank and there was smashed glass on the road.
"I asked him if there was anyone else in the car and he said no. He didn't look too bad, but his nose was bleeding and he had a cut on his head.
"I didn't even know who he was. I'm a Hull City fan, I don't follow the rugby. It was only the next day when I told my friends at work that they said it was Brett Seymour, of Hull FC."
More than 600 people have joined the Facebook group "Brett Seymour get well soon" to leave messages of support.
In the group, Seymour's wife wrote: "I'm suffering from severe shock that my husband was so desperate and could attempt such a horrific thing.
"He is getting the help he needs and your support has helped greatly. Depression is a silent killer. I want each and every one of you to know that we feel so grateful to you."
Kevin Blyth, service manager of Humber NHS Foundation Trust's single point of access service, said: "High-profile sports players have the same pressures and problems as the rest of us, but theirs are made more difficult by being in the public eye.
"Our response and approach to a sports player experiencing mental health difficulties would be the same as for anyone else and as such would always be completely confidential."
Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the crash. Anyone with information should call Humberside Police on 101.