Friday 24th May 2013 – 9.15pm – Claire Brown.
A man has been airlifted to hospital after being injured in a collision involving an articulated lorry and a transit van on the M42 near the Birmingham and North Warwickshire area.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway of the M42 between junctions 9 and 8 at 7.20pm this evening (Friday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a van and a lorry which had been in a significant collision. The van sustained serious front end damage. The driver of the van, a man in his 40s, was mechanically trapped in the vehicle due to the damage. Ambulance crews and the doctor assessed him to find he had suffered suspected pelvic, lower limb and abdominal injuries.
“He was given advanced pain relief by the doctor before ambulance crews, the doctor and the fire service worked as a team to carefully extricate the man from the wreckage. The man was fully immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, a specialist trauma centre. The doctor travelled in the helicopter to continue treatment and assessment en route.
“The driver of the lorry was assessed by ambulance crews but was uninjured.”