Delays on M6 after crash at Great Barr

Tuesday 23rd April 2013 – 8.40pm – Murray MacGregor.

Evening commuters faced long delays after the southbound M6 at Great Barr was shut on Tuesday evening after a crash involving a car and a motorcycle.

The collision happened at about 5.55pm between junctions 8 and 7.

Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene. The Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire was also dispatched after initial concerns that the motorcyclist had suffered serious injuries.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a car that had suffered a significant rear end impact and a motorcycle that was badly damaged.

“The rider, a 44 year old man, had suffered facial injuries but thankfully, these turned out not to be as bad as the level of damage might have suggested.

“He was taken by land ambulance to Sandwell Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“The driver of the car initially felt ill and was going to be taken to hospital but then recovered enough to be discharged.

“Due to overhead power lines at the scene, the Midlands Air Ambulance was not able to land at the scene and initially set down at the Holiday Inn at Junction 7 but was in the end not required.”

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Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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