Monday 13th April 2015 – 6.50pm – Murray MacGregor.
Two men have suffered serious injuries while two others are lucky to be alive after a crash that saw metal pipes go through the windscreen of a lorry.
The crash involving a ‘panel’ van and a recovery lorry took place at just before 4.30pm on Northfield Road in the Harborne area of Birmingham.
Three ambulances and a paramedic area support officer were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found the two vehicles had collided head on causing considerable damage to both vehicles. The engine of the panel van had been shifted by the force of the collision.
“The pipework from the roof of the panel van had gone through the windscreen of the recovery lorry, narrowly missing the driver and passenger, who were both estimated to be in their 40s.
“The driver of the recovery lorry was disorientated and understandably very shaken by what had happened. Due to his condition he was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board and taken to City Hospital for further assessment.
“The passenger who had suffered only minor injuries went to the same hospital.
“The two men in the panel van had suffered more serious injuries. The driver had potential internal injuries after the steering wheel was bent during the collision. The man, who was estimated to be in his 40s was immobilised before being taken to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
“The passenger in the van, a man estimated to be in his 20s was treated for a dislocated hip. He too was immobilised before being taken to the same hospital.
“The Trust would like to thank the two police community support officers who came across the incident and willingly provided help to the crews at the scene.”