A one-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Memphis has been pulled from the wreckage of a van following a horrific three-vehicle pile-up.

Firefighters rescued the tiny pup after it became wedged in the footwell of the Vauxhall Vivaro van after it collided with two cars on the A500 in Staffordshire just before 8am on Friday.

Among other casualties were a woman in her 20s who suffered bruising to her leg and a man in his 30s who was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Crew members from the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spent almost an hour freeing the white-and-grey Staffy using specialised hydraulic cutting equipment.

A spokesman for the service said: “At 7.57am crews were called to report of three-vehicle collision half a mile from Barthomley junction.

“Crews from Sandyford and Newcastle attended and used hydraulic cutting equipment to free a small puppy called Memphis from the footwell of a van involved.

“Miraculously the puppy was uninjured. Crews left at 8.50am.”

Pictures of the Staffy and his rescue were posted on the service’s Twitter account and were shared and viewed more than 5000 times.