Elderly couple airlifted from Shrewsbury collision

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West Midlands Ambulance Service

Monday 10th November 2014 – 1.00pm – Claire Brown.

An elderly couple have been airlifted following a collision between two cars in Shropshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple 999 calls to reports of a collision involving two cars on the railway bridge in Baschurch Road, Bomere Heath, Shrewsbury, at 9.55am this morning (Monday).

Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a responder paramedic, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board and the Wales Air Ambulance were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived on scene to find two cars which had been involved in a significant collision.

“The driver and passenger from one car, an elderly couple believed to be in their 80s, were trapped in the wreckage.

“The front seat passenger, a woman, was in a serious condition. Ambulance staff and medics quickly worked to assess the woman and found she had sustained a significant chest injury. The team worked closely with the fire service to quickly extricate her from the wreckage whilst advanced medical treatment was delivered to help stabilise the woman. Due to the serious nature of the woman’s injuries, the doctor took the decision to anaesthetise her on scene. Once released from the car, the woman was fully immobilised before being airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The driver from the same car, a man, was mechanically trapped by his legs but was fully conscious and alert. Upon assessment, ambulance staff established that the man had sustained a serious chest injury and suspected abdominal and pelvic injuries. Whilst the man was given pain relief and fluids to stabilise his condition, the fire service worked around the medical team to extricate him from the wreckage. The man was immobilised with a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic splint before being airlifted to the same hospital.

“The driver of the second car, a man, sustained relatively minor injuries and was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital by land ambulance.”


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