Tuesday 20th May 2014 – 7.40pm – Claire Brown.
Two men received life-saving treatment from the ambulance service after they were in collision with a car in West Bromwich at rush hour.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision between a car and two pedestrians at the junction of High Street and Trinity Road at 5.30pm this afternoon (Tuesday).
Three ambulances, 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 spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival crews found two pedestrians, both men, who had reportedly been in collision with a car at a pedestrian crossing. One man was in cardiac arrest and was being given excellent CPR by an off duty trainee paramedic and members of the public.
“Crews immediately took over resuscitation efforts and successfully managed to restart the man’s heart. The man had sustained a serious head injury and, in order to stabilise the man’s serious condition, the MERIT doctor took the decision to anaesthetise him on scene.
“Once stable the man was fully immobilised and taken by land ambulance under police escort to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The doctor travelled in the ambulance to continue emergency treatment en route.
“The second pedestrian, a man believed to be in his 30s, was conscious and breathing but had sustained nasty fractures to both his arm and leg.
“Ambulance staff worked to control the man’s pain by administering strong pain relief before they dressed his wounds and fully immobilised him with a neck collar, spinal board, arm and leg splints and a pelvic binder. The man was taken by land ambulance to the same hospital under blue light conditions.
“The driver of the car did not require hospital treatment.”