Wednesday 27th May 2015 – 10.30pm – Claire Brown.
Two boys and a woman have received life-saving care at the roadside after the car they were in ended up on its roof following a road traffic collision in West Bromwich this evening.
West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple 999 calls to reports of a road traffic collision involving two cars on Hollyhedge Road in West Bromwich shortly after 8.30pm (Wednesday). Four ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “One car had ended up on its roof following the collision with another car. One boy, believed to be the rear seat passenger from the overturned car, had been ejected from the vehicle and was in a serious condition. He rapidly deteriorated when ambulance staff arrived and sadly went into cardiac arrest.
“The medical team immediately commenced CPR on the boy and, after around 20 minutes of intense advanced life support, they managed to restart the boys’ heart. Ambulance staff quickly transferred him to Birmingham Children’s Hospital by land ambulance whilst vital emergency treatment continued en route. The boy was said to be in a critical condition upon arrival at hospital.
“Two other occupants from the overturned car, a woman and a second boy, were trapped in the wreckage. Ambulance staff worked to quickly extricate them with help from West Midlands Fire Service. The driver, a woman in her 40s, sustained a serious head injury and suspected pelvic injuries. She was fully immobilised and stabilised on scene before being taken by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, a regional trauma centre, for further emergency care.
“The second boy, believed to be 12-years-old and the front seat passenger, sustained serious lower limb injuries and abdominal pain. He was given advanced pain relief to help stabilise his condition before ambulance staff worked to carefully immobilise him to prevent further movement of his injured limbs. The boy was alerted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital; medics in A&E were pre alerted to the arrival of the boy.
“The driver of the second car, a man in his 30s, sustained an arm injury and was suffering from the effects of shock. He was taken to Sandwell Hospital as a precaution.
“Hollyhedge Road remains closed at the junction of Thursfield Road this evening. West Midlands Police are appealing for witnesses to call 101.”