Lucky escapes for drivers as high winds return

Henwick Road
Saturday 15th February 2014 – 10.30am – Suzie Fothergill.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was again called to a number of incidents involving falling trees as the high winds returned to the region last night.

Shortly after 7.15pm yesterday evening (Friday) crews were called to Truemans Heath Lane in Hollywood, Birmingham when a tree fell on a passing car.

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Trust’s MERIT rapid response vehicle, carrying a critical care paramedic and a trauma doctor, were dispatched to the scene.

On arrival at the scene crews found a fallen tree and a car that had left the carriageway and was in a garden. The vehicle had sustained significant damage to its front end and roof.

Due to the damage to the car, the driver, a man believed to be in his 50’s, had to be cut free from the vehicle. The man was treated at the scene for minor cuts and bruising and for back and neck pain injuries. He was fully immobilised and given pain relief before being conveyed to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch for further assessment and treatment.

Ambulance crews were called to a second incident involving a falling tree in the early hours of the morning on Henwick Road in Worcester.

A rapid response vehicle was dispatched to the incident at 1.47am today. Fortunately the driver had managed to safely get out of the vehicle and was found to be uninjured.


Notes to editors
A picture of the Henwick Road incident can be downloaded. If used please credit West Midlands Ambulance Service.

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