Monday 29th July 2013 – 8.52pm – Murray MacGregor.
A man has died and eight other patients have been taken to hospital after a crash between a car and a bus in Walsall. In total 26 patients were seen by ambulance staff.
The crash happened near the County Hotel in Birmingham Road at about 6.05pm. No fewer than six ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and two paramedic officers were dispatched after six 999 calls from the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The crash involved a collision between a car and a bus (X51 service).
“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that there was nothing that could be done to save the man who was in the car and he was confirmed dead at the scene.
“A total of 25 other patients from the bus were assessed by the crews who set up a casualty clearing station in the hotel.
“Five patients were immobilised using neck collars and spinal boards before being taken to hospital; two, including the bus driver, were taken to Walsall Manor and three to Sandwell Hospital.
“A 17 year old man was taken to Walsall with an exacerbation of an existing condition. Another man was taken to the same hospital with a throat injury after being thrown forward. A woman with a knee injury was taken to New Cross hospital in Wolverhampton. A further 17 passengers were checked over but were uninjured and were discharged at scene.
“We would like to thank the hotel for allowing us to use their lounge to treat the many patients from the scene.”