Lucky to be alive

Monday 4th August 2014 – 7.50am – John Hawker.

Cannock RTC

A car driver has been extremely fortunate to escape with his life following a serious RTC in Cannock overnight.

The crash occurred on Watling Street, Cannock at around 1.35am. A rapid response vehicle, a community first responder, an ambulance, two paramedic officers and the Trusts MERIT and HART teams attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had left the road, travelled over a wall and entered the toilets of the Longford House Beefeater Public House.

“The car was imbedded in the building and the man driving the car was significantly trapped.

“Ambulance crews worked with the Trusts MERIT trauma team and Hazardous Area Response Team, along with the Fire Service to make the scene safe and then treat the man whilst he was still trapped by his legs.

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“The man, believed to be in his late 30’s, continued to received treatment to his leg injuries for the 90 minutes that he was trapped. On request of the trauma Doctor at the scene, blood supplies from hospital were transported to the incident to aid his treatment and release from the vehicle.

“Once the man was released, he was transferred by ambulance with the Doctor on board to University Hospital Major Trauma Unit for further emergency treatment. The hospital had been pre alerted to the man’s arrival and his injuries.”

“Considering the damage to the car and the extensive damage to the building, it is extremely fortunate no one was more seriously or fatally injured in the crash.”

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Pictures accompany this press release that can be used by the media but they MUST be credited to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

 

 

 

Fatal fire in Walsall

Monday 4th August 2014 – 7.10am – John Hawker.

A man has died following a fire in Walsall last night.

The fire occurred at a property in Brackendale Drive at around 6.35pm. An ambulance rapid response vehicle attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a property that had suffered a significant fire.

“Unfortunately, nothing could be done to save a man found in the property by the fire service, and sadly he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Teenager suffers serious injuries

Sunday 3rd August 2014 – 6.45pm – John Hawker.

A teenager has suffered serious injuries following an RTC in Worcestershire this afternoon.

The crash occurred on Shinehill Lane, South Littleton, Evesham at around 4.20pm. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had left the road and been in collision with a tree. The car had suffered substantial damage.

“The teenager driving the car, a girl believed to be 18 years old suffered serious head injuries and was unconscious.

“She received emergency treatment at the scene and her condition was stabilised. The girl was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit for further emergency treatment. A trauma team were awaiting her arrival.

“Unfortunately, the girls injuries were considered life threatening.”

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Motorcyclist injured hitting barrier

Saturday 2nd August 2014 – 11.15pm – John Hawker.

A motorcyclist has suffered serious injuries following an RTC in Birmingham this evening.

The crash occurred on College Road, Sparkhill at around 8.30pm. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Trusts MERIT Team attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcycle that had left the road and been in collision with a barrier.

“The man riding the motorcycle suffered significant abdominal injuries. He received emergency treatment at the scene and his condition was stabilised.

“The man was transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit for further treatment. A Trauma team were awaiting his arrival.”

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Serious RTC on A41

Saturday 2nd August 2014 – 8.50pm – John Hawker.

Four people have been seriously injured following an RTC on the A41, near Hinstock, Shropshire at around 5.00pm.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, and two Midlands Air Ambulances attended the scene. Three members of St John who were passing by also stopped to assist with treatment.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars that had been in a serious collision.

“The driver of one car, a man in his late 40’s, was treated at the scene for serious chest, abdominal and back injuries. The mans condition was stabilised and he was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit for further emergency treatment.

“The woman driving the second car, believed to be in her early 70’s suffered serious leg, chest and abdominal injuries. She received emergency treatment at the scene and was airlifted to University Hospital North Staffordshire for further emergency treatment.

“Two other occupants of the second car suffered serious injuries. A man in his 70’s suffered abdominal injuries and a girl believed to be 10 years old suffered a suspected fractured jaw. Both were treated at the scene and transferred by land ambulances to UHNS for further treatment.”

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Woman seriously injured

Saturday 2nd August 2014 – 8.15pm – John Hawker.

A woman has been seriously injured following an RTC in Nuneaton this afternoon.

The crash occurred on Ansley Road at around 4.50pm. Three ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer, a BASICS Doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Stafford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars that had been in a serious collision. Both vehicles had suffered substantial damage.

“The woman driving one car, believed to be in her late 40’s, suffered multiple serious injuries and was trapped in the vehicle. She received emergency treatment from medics whilst being released with the assistance of the fire service. The woman was trapped for around 50 minutes.

“Once released from the wreckage, the woman was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency treatment and a trauma team were on standby. Unfortunately, the womans injuries were considered life threatening.

“Two occupants who were travelling in the second car were both men believed to be in their late teens. One suffered serious chest injuries and the other suffered facial injuries.

“Both men were transferred by land ambulances to the same hospital for further treatment.”

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Incident on railway line

Saturday 2nd August 2014 – 10.00am – John Hawker.

A man has suffered serious leg injuries after being in collision with a train in Leamington Spa this morning.

The incident occurred near to Leamington Railway Station, Old Warwick Road, at around 7.20am. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Trusts HART Team, a BASICS Doctor and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said “Crews arrived to find a man who had suffered serious leg injuries after being in collision with a train.

“The man, believed to be in his mid 30’s, received emergency treatment at the scene by medics and was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency treatment.

“The hospital had been pre alerted to the mans injuries and his serious condition.”

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Three injured, two seriously in Coventry

Friday 1st August 2014 – 11.55pm – John Hawker.

Three people have been injured, two seriously following an RTC in Coventry this evening.

The crash occurred on Broad Lane at around 7.25pm. Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer, the Trusts MERIT Team and a BASICS Doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars that had been in a significant collision. Both vehicles had suffered substantial damage.

“The driver of one car had suffered serious head injuries and was unconscious. The man, believed to be in his 20’s, received emergency treatment at the scene by medics and his condition was stabilised.

“The passenger in the same car, a man also in his 20’s suffered minor leg injuries and was also treated by paramedics. Both men were transferred by an ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

“A man travelling in the second car also suffered serious head injuries and was unconscious. The man in his 20’s, received emergency treatment and was also transferred by ambulance to UHCW.

“The hospital had been pre alerted to the patients arrival and there serious injuries.”

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Child suffers leg injuries in RTC

Friday 1st August 2014 – 11.45pm – John Hawker.

A pedestrian has suffered serious leg injuries following an RTC in Birmingham this evening.

The incident occurred on Farnborough Road, Castle Vale just after 6.25pm. Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a child and a car that had been in a serious collision.

“The child, a boy believed to be eight years old suffered serious leg injuries and received emergency treatment at the scene.

“His condition was stabilised and he was transferred by ambulance to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further emergency treatment.”

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Expect Heavy Rain Later Today and Tomorrow

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Unsettled and changeable weather is forecast for later today and tomorrow.

WMAS is urging motorists to drive with extreme caution in the changing conditions as heavy rain will no doubt make driving conditions very difficult at times.

Please take extra time for your journey and stay safe on the roads this weekend.

 

 

 

 

Woman Pulled From Canal

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Friday 1st August 2014 – 1.30pm – Steve Parry.

A woman has been pulled from a Black Country canal after she fell from a boat in the Heath Town area of Wolverhampton earlier this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service attended the incident near to lock gates in Crown Street, Wolverhampton at just before 12noon.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a community paramedic in rapid response car were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a woman in her fifities holding onto a piece of drift wood in the Wyrley and Essington canal after she reportedly slipped from a boat.

“The woman was quickly recovered from the water by the emergency services and a family member. She was treated for a fractured arm and exposure to the cold water.

“The patient was conveyed to New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton for further assessment and treatment.”

 

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Two Trapped in Coventry Crash

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Friday 1st August 2014 – 11.20am – Steve Parry.

Two people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Coventry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Holyhead Road just after 9.30am.

Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews responded to a road traffic collision involving a car and taxi near the WM Morrison retail store.

“The taxi was found overturned at the scene with the driver trapped. A male driver in his forties was later released and treated for a head injury. He was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board before being conveyed to the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire.

“A woman driver in her twenties was also trapped in her vehicle. The patient was released and treated for minor injuries before being taken to University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire.”

 

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Hitting the road is not always a good thing

Friday 1st August 2014 – 10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Birmingham's Emergency Bikers Are Back

For bikers, there is nothing more enjoyable than taking advantage of a warm summer’s evening by jumping on two wheels and heading off onto the open road, something that is enjoyed safely by the majority of people.

However, statistics show that motorbike users are the road group with the highest rate of accidents and casualties per mile travelled and it is for that reason that West Midlands Ambulance Service is issuing some safety advice.

Figures show that motorcyclists are approximately 38 times more likely to be killed in a road accident than car occupants, per mile ridden, whilst in 2013, 331 bikers died and 4,866 were seriously injured in collisions on Britain’s roads.

In order to help you stay out of trouble it is important to anticipate the actions of others, be alert and slow down when necessary, be able to stop if the unexpected happens, position yourself in the safest place to observe potential hazards and always take a second glance over your shoulder before carrying out any manoeuvre.

However, sometimes incidents are unavoidable and it is in those situations where you are able to give yourself the best possible chance of surviving, by ensuring you have kitted yourself out in protective clothing before setting out on your journey.

Tarmac is extremely unforgiving should you come into contact with it, therefore all motorcyclists are urged to make sure they are wearing their helmet, as well as protective jackets, trousers, gloves and boots each time they go out.

Motorbike paramedic and star of TV’s Emergency Bikers, Mark Hayes, said: “Unfortunately, motorcyclists get a bad press, purely because of the amount of injuries suffered and the amount that turn fatal.

“I believe as a motorcyclist that a lot of these accidents are avoidable and we can minimise injury by wearing the correct gear.”

Fellow paramedic and Emergency Biker Steve Harris added: “I would never dream of riding a bike without boots, leathers, armour, gloves and a crash helmet. I don’t care what the weather is like, I don’t care how hot it is, I still need to be protected.

“You might be very tempted to ride a bike with your t-shirt on, but should anything occur you are going to suffer. There is nothing worse than sliding down the road without protection on.”

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Notes to Editors:

If using the picture of Steve Harris (left) and Mark Hayes (right), please credit it to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Railway Incident Near Prees

Friday 1st August 2014 – 08.45am – John Hawker.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm it was called to Prees Railway Station, Station Road, Prees, near Whitchurch to reports of a person being in collision with a train at around 5.30am.

“An ambulance and a rapid response vehicle attended the scene.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man, and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

 

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Fatal incident in Worcester

Friday 1st August 2014 – 7.20am – John Hawker.

A pedestrian has died following an RTC in Worcester in the early hours of this morning.

The incident occurred on Cotswold Way, Worcester just after 1.10am. An ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man and a car that had been in a serious collision.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save the man and sadly he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured

Thursday 31st July 2014 – 11.55pm – John Hawker.

A pedestrian has been seriously injured after being in collision with a bus in Coventry this evening.

The incident occurred on Walsgrave Road, outside St Margaret’s Park, at around 8.50pm. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and an off duty member of staff attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man that had been in collision with a bus and was trapped underneath. He was being cared for by an off duty member of ambulance staff.

“The man, believed to be in his 40’s, suffered serious head, leg and pelvic injuries and received emergency treatment whilst being released from underneath the vehicle with the assistance of the fire service. He was trapped for around 20 minutes.

“The man was transferred by ambulance using blue lights and sirens to University Hospital Major Trauma Unit who were awaiting his arrival.

“Unfortunately, the man’s condition was considered critical.”

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