Saturday 9th August 2014 – 9.30pm – Chris Kowalik.
Two lanes of the M42 had to be closed earlier today after a woman became ill on a coach.
The coach pulled over onto the hard shoulder on the northbound carriageway at junction 4 and West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly before 2pm today.
An advanced community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance crew attended.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The woman passenger who is in her seventies had a very low heart rate and was in a state of near collapse. Crews gave her drugs to increase her rate and stabilise her condition.
“She was placed on a scoop stretcher to get into the ambulance and into hospital, but the quickest way to get her out of the coach was through the fire exit at the back of the vehicle.
“In order to do that, considering the woman was on a stretcher, the Highways Agency briefly closed two lanes.
“The woman who, by this time was in a stable condition, was taken on blue lights on alert to Solihull Hospital.”