Banana lorry overturns in Coventry

Saturday 16th March 2013 – 5.45am – Claire Thomas.

A lorry driver has been taken to hospital after the HGV he was driving overturned in Coventry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A45 and A46 in Baginton shortly after 9.30am (Saturday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and two doctors and a paramedic from the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance base attended via land due to their close proximity.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a heavy goods vehicle, carrying around 30 tonnes of bananas, overturned onto its drivers’ side. The driver, a man in his 50s, was trapped in the cab by his right arm.

“The doctors and crews administered pain relief to the man, who had a shoulder injury and nasty injury to his trapped arm, and worked with the fire service to quickly establish the best way of extricating the man from the wreckage. The man’s arm was pinned between the lorry door and the road so the fire service used air bags to carefully lift up the side of the lorry in order for crews to release the man.

“After around half an hour, the man was released. Crews and the doctors immobilised him and dressed his wounds before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.”


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