Wednesday 27th November 2013 – 6.00pm – Suzie Fothergill.
Ambulance crews were called to reports of a significant road traffic collision on the A38 in Aston, Birmingham at approximately 2.40pm this afternoon.
West Midlands Ambulance Service dispatched two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Trust’s MERIT rapid response vehicle, carrying a critical care paramedic and trauma doctor to the scene. The Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and a doctor and an ambulance officer, who had travelled from a local hospital, were also in attendance.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene crews found two vans that had been in collision.
“The driver of the first van, a man, was treated for potential abdominal injuries. The man was fully immobilised and conveyed to City Hospital, via land ambulance, for further assessment and treatment.
“The second van had been carrying two occupants at the time of the incident and had sustained significant damage. The driver, a man, was assessed and discharged by ambulance crews at the scene.
“The passenger of the van, also a man, was found to be trapped in the vehicle. Ambulance crews treated the man whilst working alongside other emergency service personnel for approximately two hours to extricate the casualty from the vehicle. The man was given pain relief and treated for head and leg injuries at the scene. He was fully immobilised and conveyed, via land ambulance, to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.
“The trauma doctor travelled on board the ambulance continuing to provide emergency medical treatment whilst en route to hospital. The hospital had been pre-alerted and medics were on standby awaiting their arrival.”