Sheep killed in crash

Tuesday 11th June 2013 – 6.35am – Murray MacGregor.

Motorists are being warned to be aware of animal life on country roads at night after a collision between a car and a flock of sheep in Staffordshire.

The collision happened at about 11.1pm last night (Monday) on the A53 Leek to Buxton road just past the Winking Man.

A rapid response vehicle and paramedic officer attended the scene.

Paramedic Area Support Officer, Kevin Errington, said: “Sadly seven sheep died after the collision. The road was closed while the area was cleared.

“The man driving the car was uninjured.

“Although animals like this are normally in fields, others like deer are not. Please take care whilst driving on country roads, especially at night.”

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Man airlifted after fall

Monday 10th June 2013 – 7.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

A man has been airlifted to a major trauma centre with a potentially very serious back injury after he fell off a container at a business in the Cheslyn Hay area of the Black Country.

The incident happened at just after 5.00pm on Monday afternoon on an industrial unit off Landywood Lane near Landywood Railway Station.

A community paramedic, an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the MERIT trauma doctor on the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “It was not clear exactly what had happened, but when crews arrived they found a man in his early 50s who had fallen approximately two metres. It is not believed he worked at the site.

“He had a potentially very serious back injury. The man was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where medics were on standby for his arrival.”

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Coventry CFR charity event an overwhelming success

Monday 10th June 2013 – 4.45pm – John Hawker.

A charity event held recently to raise funds for the Coventry Community First Responder Group was an overwhelming success.

The event, held at The Royal Court Hotel, raised much needed funds for new equipment and to allow the CFR Group to continue to respond in the local community. Special guests, West Midlands Ambulance Service Trust Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum, and the new Lord Mayor of Coventry, Gary Crookes, thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

The event raised over £1500 at the last count, with donations and successful auction bids still coming in thick and fast.

CFRs are everyday members of the public who are trained in lifesaving techniques including the use of a defibrillator, a device used to restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest. Their availability, close proximity and local knowledge of the area are among their many assets.

Alan Howarth, Secretary & Trustee of Coventry Community Responders, said: “It was a fantastic evening and everyone seemed to have a great time, enjoying the meal as well as the great entertainment, the auction and disco.

“On behalf of the Coventry Community Responder Group, I would like to thank everyone for attending and helping to raise a substantial amount of money. We do hope you all had a brilliant evening whilst supporting our group.”

Aston Martin kindly lent the group the Vanquish used by Pierce Brosnan in the Bond film Die Another Day for the evening.

For more information on the CFR group please visit. www.coventrycommunityresponders.com

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Fatal crash in Worcestershire

Monday 10th June 2013 – 11.15am – John Hawker.

A man has died following an RTC in Worcestershire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to Crown Lane, Crossway Green, Stourport on Severn at around 6.35am.  Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Trusts MERIT team attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcycle and a small van that had been in a collision.

“The man riding the motorcycle had suffered multiple serious injuries and was in traumatic cardiac arrest.  Advanced life support was carried out at the scene by medics, but unfortunately, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man was he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The driver of the van, a man believed to be in his 40’s was treated at the scene for a wrist injury and also shock.  He did not require further hospital treatment.”

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Motorcyclist Fatality inTipton

Sunday 9th June 2013 – 8.50pm – Steve Parry.

A motorcyclist has died in a road traffic collision in Tipton this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Hurst Lane at 1.50pm.

An ambulance, a paramedic in a rapid response car; a paramedic officer together with the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcyclist had apparently collided with a wall.

“Despite the efforts of ambulance crews at the scene, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

 

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Staffordshire Motorcycle Crash

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Sunday 9th June 2013 – 5.30pm – Steve Parry.

A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Biddulph, earlier today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to an incident at the junction of Congleton Road and Woodhouse Lane at approximately 12.30pm.

An ambulance, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, together with two BASICS doctors and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The ambulance service responded to a collision reportedly between a motorbike and lamppost.

“Crews treated a male in his twenties for head, pelvic and leg injuries.

“The patient was immobilised using a neck collar, spinal board and leg splint. He was airlifted to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for further assessment and treatment.”

 

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Pedestrian Injured in Worcester

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Saturday 8th June 2013 – 9pm – Steve Parry.

A pedestrian has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Worcester this evening.

The incident occurred in Sidbury, Worcester, just after 7pm.

An ambulance, together with a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Medical Emergency Response Incident Team (MERIT) attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a pedestrian had been in collision with a car.

“A man, believed to be in his thirties, was treated for serious multiple injuries.

“The patient was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and placed on a spinal board. Pain relief was administered to the patient before he was conveyed by land ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.

“The air medics also travelled with the patient and the hospital was alerted to the serious condition of the patient.”

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Five Taken to Hospital from M6 Crash

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Saturday 8th June 2013 – 7.45pm – Steve Parry.

Five people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision on the M6 near Walsall this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident between junctions 9 and 10 northbound of the M6, just before 4.15pm.

Three ambulances; a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle; a paramedic officer, and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews responded to a road traffic collision involving a single vehicle on the M6.

“Two men, believed to be in their thirties, were treated for neck and a head laceration. They were both taken by land ambulance to Walsall Manor Hospital.

“A 16 year old female was treated for a fractured leg. She was given pain relief and immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board before being airlifted to New Cross Hospital.

“A female and baby were treated for minor injuries and conveyed to New Cross Hospital for assessment.”

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Fatality in Halesowen

Saturday 8th June 2013 – 6am – Steve Parry.

A motorcyclist has died in a road traffic collision in Halesowen yesterday evening (Friday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Manor Way at around 9.15pm.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer together with the Medical Emergency Response incident Team (MERIT), which includes a trauma doctor, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcycle in collision with a post.

“Sadly, despite the efforts of ambulance crews, a man was conveyed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham where he was confirmed dead on arrival.”

 

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Six Ashes Fatality

Friday 7th June 2013 – 7.30pm – Steve Parry.

A man has died and a woman critically injured following a road traffic collision near Six Ashes this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A458 near Wootton, Six Ashes just before 2.45pm.

Three ambulances; a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle; a paramedic officer; and two Midland Air Ambulances from Cosford and Strensham were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews responded to reports of a two-car road traffic collision.

“Despite the treatment given by medics, the male driver was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A woman passenger in the car was treated for serious multiple injuries. She was anesthetised by an air ambulance doctor before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“The female driver of the second vehicle involved was treated at the scene for minor injuries.”

 

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HGV Overturns M6 Junction

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Friday 7th June 2013 – 2pm – Steve Parry.

A lorry driver has been taken to hospital after his vehicle overturned just off junction 7 of the M6 in Great Barr.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident just before 1pm.

An ambulance together with two paramedic officers in a rapid response vehicles were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews responded to reports of a HGV overturning on an island just off the M6 motorway at Great Barr.

“Crews treated the lorry driver, a man in his 50s, for back and neck pain.

“The driver was found to be trapped in his cab. He was later released by emergency services, given pain relief to stabilise his condition and immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board before being conveyed to City Hospital.”

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Kidderminster Biker Taken to Hosptial

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Friday 7th June 2013 – 11.30am – Steve Parry.

A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital and three other patients were treated at the scene of a road traffic collision in Kidderminster this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called the junction of Hurcott Lane and Birmingham Road at approximately 7.15am.

Two ambulances, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and two paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The ambulance service responded to a collision between a car and two motorbikes.

“Crews treated a male motorcyclist, believed to be in his thirties, for a foot injury and neck pain. The patient was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board before being conveyed to Worcester Hospital.

“A male pillion passenger together with the male rider of the second motorcycle and the female car driver were all assessed at the scene and later released.

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Nine taken to Hospital – A38 Crash

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Thursday 6th June 2013 – 8.30pm . Steve Parry.

Nine patients have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision near Lichfield this evening.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A38 and Fradley Lane, Lichfield, just before 6.45pm.

Two ambulances and a paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews responded to a road traffic collision involving a car and people carrier.

“A female and a child travelling in the car were treated at the scene by ambulance staff.  The woman received neck pain and was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board before being taken to Good Hope Hospital. The child also travelled to hospital with minor injuries.

“Crews treated seven patients from the people carrier. A female was treated for neck pain and immobilised before being taken to Queen’s Hospital, Burton.

“Five children and one male were treated for minor injuries and they were all taken to Queen’s Hospital Burton for further assessment and treatment.”

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Boy Airlifted in Staffordshire

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Thursday 6th June 2013 – 7pm – Steve Parry.

A boy has been airlifted to hospital after being in collision with a lorry in Stoke-on-Trent this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Biddulph Road, Fegg Hayes, at around 4.30pm. An ambulance, a responder paramedic, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found a 10-year-old boy who had been in collision with a lorry.

“The boy suffered chest and head injuries. Crews began treating him at the scene but due to his injuries the doctor decided to anaesthetise him to stabilise his condition.

“The boy was then airlifted to University Hospital North Staffordshire, a specialist trauma centre, for further emergency treatment.”

 

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Nicola’s coast-to-coast for Herefordshire Heartstart

Thursday 6th June 2013 – 3.30pm – Chris Kowalik.

A volunteer for a charity that is teaching lifesaving skills to thousands of people in Herefordshire has completed a near-200-mile coast-to-coast fundraising walk.

Nicola Stock is a volunteer instructor for Herefordshire Heartstart. On Friday 3rd May she started out on Wainright’s coast-to-coast walk at St. Bees in Cumbria.

She completed the walk in twelve days finishing at Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire and raised £760 for the organisation.

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Nicola said: “The weather was mostly awful with extremely poor visibility on the peaks and sideways rain on the moors. It was still strangely enjoyable though!”

The money will be used to enable the charity to continue teaching lifesaving skills to people in the county.

Nicola added: “Every £1 really does count as it helps to pay for new manikin lungs and wipes, sterilising fluid and course paperwork/handouts which are essential for every course we run.”

You can still sponsor Nicola via www.virginmoneygiving.com/NicolaStock

Herefordshire Heartstart is a registered charity (no. 1082309) which is teaching lifesaving skills to thousands of people in the county with the support of West Midlands Ambulance Service.

If offers free two-hour courses to anyone aged 10 or over in techniques including CPR, the management of severe bleeding, loss of consciousness, choking and chest pain.

For more information on Herefordshire Heartstart or to book a course, visit www.herefordshireheartstart.org or email info@herefordshireheartstart.co.uk or contact Co-ordinator/Project Manager Loraine Coleman on 0845 60 60 654. Twitter: @Heartstart_hfd

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Where is your nearest defibrillator?

Thursday 6th June 2013 – 2.45pm – Chris Kowalik.

Sports and leisure centres have them, shopping centres have them, offices and factories have them.

Anyone can have a defibrillator and anyone can be trained in how to use it.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service is appealing to groups, businesses, councils and organisations in Herefordshire and Worcestershire to find a home for a defibrillator for the benefit of their community.

Acting Community Response Manager Jenny Sears-Brown said: “A cardiac arrest is when the heart has stopped, the person has stopped breathing and they are technically dead. Their chance of ultimately surviving a cardiac arrest diminishes by ten percent every minute. Their only chance of survival is CPR and defibrillation – the sooner the better.

“There is an initiative underway to have defibrillators in secure locked cabinets that can be accessed by the public and used while an ambulance is on its way.

“We will offer awareness training to any organisation that decides to have a defibrillator that can be accessed by the public.

“The more defibrillators we have out in the communities, the better.”

For more information – contact the Community Response Department on 01384 215855

Thank you to our volunteer life savers and supporters

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Thursday 6th June 2013 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.

Volunteers who help to save lives and support emergency work in the West Midlands are being thanked by ambulance bosses as part of National Volunteers Week.

Dedicated air ambulance charity fundraisers, voluntary aid societies, volunteer car drivers and over 1,100 Community First Responders (CFRs) help us to keep saving lives in the West Midlands each year.

Water and land rescue charities and 4×4 groups from across the region provide the Trust with support through harsh winters, periods of high demand and at the scene of incidents when skill and time are of the essence.

A host of businesses and organisations also help the ambulance service to save lives by giving funding to CFR groups to ensure they have all the latest equipment and even donate dedicated vehicles. Others house an automated external defibrillator (a device used to restart a heart when someone suffers a cardiac arrest) and take part in CPR training to ensure their staff know what to do in the event of an emergency.

Daren Fradgley, Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, said: “Thank you to all of the volunteers who provide essential help to patients in the West Midlands, whether directly or indirectly.

“Supporting any facet of the ambulance service, be it the Trust itself, your local CFR group or air ambulance charity, means a great deal to West Midlands Ambulance Service and helps to ensure we continue to provide life-saving care to patients who need it the most.

“Very often we don’t say thank-you enough. On behalf of all of our staff, thank you to all that you do. I am very proud of all of you; all of our volunteers and all of our staff, regardless of the role you fulfill.”

 

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Fatal house fire in Telford

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Thursday 6th June 2013 – 10.15am – Claire Brown.

A woman has died following a house fire in Telford this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Wombridge Road in Trench shortly after 8.00am (Thursday). An ambulance and a responder paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Sadly, it quickly became apparent to crews that nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead on scene.”

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Two children injured in Stoke

Wednesday 5th June 2013 – 8.40pm – Murray MacGregor.

Two children have escaped serious injury despite leaving a significant dent in the front of a car in Stoke on Trent.

The collision happened outside Express Flowers on Leek New Road in Sneyd Green at about 6.35pm this evening (Wednesday).

An ambulance that was en route to hospital with a patient came across the incident and stopped to assist. The crew was backed up by two further ambulances and a paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews feared the worst when they saw the damage to the car.

“On arrival the girls, aged 13 and 6 were on the pavement next to the road.

“Thankfully neither appeared to have life threatening injuries. Both had cuts and bruises to their foreheads, the side of their bodies and knees.

“The pair were immobilised using neck collars and spinal boards before being taken on blue lights to the Major Trauma Centre at University Hospital North Staffordshire as a precaution.

“The driver of the car, a young man, was understandably upset by the incident but was otherwise unhurt.

“Considering the circumstances it is fortunate indeed that the level of injuries did not appear to be far more serious.”

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RTC in Leek

Tuesday 4th June 2013 – 8.45pm – John Hawker.

A cyclist has been seriously injured following an RTC in Leek this afternoon.

The crash occurred at the junction of Buxton Road and Ball Haye Road at around 4.00pm.  An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a BASICS Doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a cyclist and a HGV that had been in a collision.

“The cyclist, a man believed to be in his 60’s had suffered serious head and pelvic injuries.  He received emergency treatment at the scene and due to his condition was anaesthetised by the Doctor.

“The man was airlifted to University Hospital North Staffordshire for further emergency treatment.  The hospital had been pre alerted to the mans arrival and his serious condition.  Unfortunately, his injuries were considered life threatening.”

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Road traffic collision in Telford

Tuesday 4th June 2013 – 4.50pm – Chris Kowalik.

A cyclist has been injured in a collision with a car in Telford.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Cherry Tree Hill in Coalbrookdale shortly before 3.10pm today.

An advanced community paramedic attended in a rapid response vehicle along with an ambulance crew.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The cyclist, a man in his twenties had a suspected broken leg. He was immobilised by ambulance crews and was given pain relief at the scene before being taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.”

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Heartstart skills put to good use

Tuesday 4th June 2013 – 3.10pm – Chris Kowalik.

A Hereford woman found herself putting her Heartstart skills into practice while out walking her dog.

Meryl Kemp received her Heartstart training in May 2011. In February 2013 Meryl was in Aylestone Park when a man collapsed. She called for help and started chest compressions.

She said: “When I first came across him he was blue and making a strange noise, but I couldn’t see or feel any signs of breathing. After several rounds of chest compressions his colour returned to normal and he came round. By then his wife arrived and an ambulance was on its way.”

Herefordshire Heartstart

Herefordshire Heartstart is a registered charity (no. 1082309), supported by West Midlands Ambulance Service. It offers full-day courses training people to become Heartstart instructors who in turn run free two-hour courses to anyone aged 10 or over in lifesaving techniques including CPR and dealing with choking, loss of consciousness or serious blood loss.

Meryl was taught by one of her own colleagues who had become a Heartstart instructor.

Dr. John Ballance, Chairman of Herefordshire Heartstart said: “This was a fantastic achievement, made possible through the teaching of Heartstart. The more people we can train, the more lives will be saved.”

For more information on Herefordshire Heartstart, to book a course or become a trainer, visit http://www.herefordshireheartstart.org or email info@herefordshireheartstart.co.uk or contact the Co-ordinator/project Manager Loraine Coleman on 0845 60 60 654.

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Note to Editors: For any further information, contact Loraine Coleman on the number above.

Lorry driver trapped in cab

Monday 3rd June 2013 – 10.35pm – John Hawker.

A lorry driver has been trapped in his cab for an hour after a serious RTC in Worcestershire this evening.

The crash occurred on the A38, on a traffic island underneath the M5 Junction 5.  An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer, a BASICS Doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a HGV that had overturned onto its side.  The driver of the lorry, a man believed to be 37 years old, suffered serious head and arm injuries and was trapped in the cab of his lorry.  The man was receiving first aid from a passing off duty fire officer.

“Ambulance staff took over emergency treatment whilst the man was trapped in the vehicle and his condition was stabilised.  He was then extricated from the HGV with the assistance of the fire service.

“The man was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit for further emergency treatment.  The hospital had been pre alerted to the mans arrival and his serious condition.

“No other person was injured in the incident.”

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Fatal RTC in Perry Barr

Saturday 1st june 2013 – 10.05pm – Steve Parry.

A man has died and two other patients taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Perry Barr.

 West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Birchfield Road, Perry Barr at approximately 6.15pm.

An off-duty paramedic came across the incident.  His call alerted an ambulance, paramedic officer, paramedic in a rapid response car; the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Medical Emergency Response Incident team (MERIT) to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews attended a two car road traffic collision near the flyover.  

“Sadly, it quickly became apparent to crews that nothing could be done to save a passenger in one of the vehicles involved. He was confirmed dead at the scene.”

“Crews treated the male driver of the car for minor injuries and he was conveyed to City Hospital.

“A woman in her twenties travelling in the second car involved was trapped for over two hours. She was treated for leg injuries and given pain relief and immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board before being conveyed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further assessment and treatment. 

“The driver of the second car received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.”

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