Monday 9th March 2015 – 7.00am – Claire Brown.
A man has stunned the emergency services after escaping serious injury following a collision involving a car and a HGV in Coventry yesterday evening.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Phoenix Way near to the Ricoh Arena, Longford, Coventry, at 11.30pm last night (Sunday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a car which had literally embedded itself into the back of a HGV following a high impact collision.
“The driver of the car, a man believed to be in his 30s, was trapped in the wreckage and had sustained facial injuries and a suspected head injury but was conscious, breathing and alert. Whilst ambulance staff, the medic and firefighters worked to carefully release the man, he got out of the badly damaged car unaided.
“Whilst being assessed in the back of the ambulance, ambulance staff discovered that he had escaped the serious injuries often expected in such a significant collision.
“The man was immobilised before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, a specialist trauma unit, for further assessment and treatment.
“The paramedic area support officer commented that if the impact had of been a couple of inches further across into the drivers’ side or if there had been a passenger in the car, the outcome would’ve certainly been fatal.”