Passers-by in Smethwick push overturned car back onto wheels to help driver


Monday 11th May 2015 – 3.50pm – Claire Brown.

A woman whose car ended up on its side in Smethwick following a collision this morning was helped back onto four wheels by passers-by.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Manor Road and Victoria Road in Smethwick, Birmingham at around 11.30am earlier today to reports of a two car collision which had left one car on its side. An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When emergency services staff arrived they found a car with damage to its side. The driver and single occupant, a woman in her 20s, had managed to climb out of the car and had sustained an arm injury and back pain.

“Ambulance staff were told by passers-by at the scene that the woman’s car had ended up on its side following the collision. Thinking that they could smell fuel leaking from the car, the passers-by quickly pushed the car back onto its wheels enabling the woman to climb out.

“The woman was given pain relief by the ambulance crew before being taken to Sandwell Hospital for further checks.

“The occupants of the second car left the scene without being checked over by ambulance staff.

“In potentially life threatening situations such as this case, the passers-by acted with good intentions. Members of the public are, however, asked to be careful when at the scene of road traffic collisions. Whilst it is always a welcomed sight for ambulance staff to see people helping patients, we advise against moving vehicles and patients to avoid further injury unless it’s a life threatening situation.”


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