Lucky escape for lorry driver on M42

Wednesday 2nd July 2014 – 9am – Jamie Arrowsmith.


A lorry driver was fortunate to escape significant injuries earlier this morning when a wooden post speared through his front window and impaled itself into the passenger seat.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to scene on the M42 northbound, between junctions 10 and 11, just after 6.30am and sent an ambulance and a paramedic area support officer to the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The driver, a man in his 40s, was incredibly lucky to avoid being seriously injured in the incident.

“His lorry had overturned and left the motorway prior to the post entering the cab and although we do not know why that happened, we do know there were no other vehicles involved in the incident.

“Ambulance crews assessed the man, who had managed to get himself free from the vehicle, at the scene before taking him to Queens Hospital, Burton, as a precaution.

“The incident did lead to a significant build-up of traffic in the area.”


Notes to Editors:
If used, please credit the picture to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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