Tuesday 2nd June 2015 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.
Three men needed extricating from their vehicles after a collision involving a car and two HGVs during this morning’s rush hour on the M6 in Great Barr.
The incident happened on the northbound carriageway of the M6 in Great Barr near junction 7 just after 7.00am (Tuesday). Three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a community paramedic and paramedics from the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) were sent to the scene. A passing MERIT trauma doctor on his way to work and an off duty paramedic also stopped to provide assistance at the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Two HGVs and a car had been involved in a collision which had caused extensive damage to the car.
“The driver of the car, a 52-year-old man sustained facial and dental injuries in the collision. He was treated for his injuries by ambulance staff whilst the fire service extricated him from the vehicle. The man was immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board as a precaution before being taken to Sandwell Hospital.
“The driver of one lorry, a 48-year-old man, was suffering from neck pain. With an extensive history of neck and back problems, the man was given pain relief to help stabilise his injury before the fire service and HART paramedics worked to extricate him from the cab of his lorry. The fire services’ technical rescue unit used a platform lift to enable them and HART to work at height to extricate the man on to a spinal board. Once out of the cab and onto the platform, paramedics and fire fighters carefully lowered him to the ground. The man was then taken by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.
“The second lorry driver, a man believed to be in his 50s, was suffering with neck and back pain. He too was extricated in the same way as the other lorry driver with excellent team work between the fire and ambulance service. Once on ground level, the man was transferred to the awaiting ambulance and taken to Sandwell Hospital as a precaution.”