Road traffic collision in Smethwick

Sunday 10th August 2014 – 7.35pm – Chris Kowalik.

A woman was badly trapped in the car she was driving after it collided with another in the Black Country.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Halfords Lane, Smethwick shortly after 3.15pm today.

Three ambulance crews, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “With the help of the fire service, she was freed from the damaged car, but it did take a long time to get her out. She was trapped below the waistline. A hydraulic ramp had to be used to lift the dashboard. She had a broken arm, a broken leg, injuries to a foot and ankle and a suspected dislocated hip. She was fully immobilised, given pain relief and was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“Her passenger, also a woman, had managed to get herself out of the car. She had a broken arm. She was immobilised and taken to Sandwell Hospital.

“There were two men, both in their twenties, in the other car involved. They had both got out. The driver had a broken ankle. He was immobilised, was given pain relief and was taken to Sandwell Hospital. His passenger had a minor hand injury and declined further treatment.”

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