Woman dies in Ledbury RTC

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Friday 10th July 2015 – 7.00pm – Claire Brown.

One woman has died and another has been injured following a serious road traffic collision between a car and lorry on the A449 near Ledbury this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Ross Road, Ledbury at just before 3.25pm (Friday). Two ambulances and a paramedic support officer; a community paramedic; BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a car in collision with a lorry on the A449 near Ledbury.

“The driver of the car, a woman, suffered serious injuries and whilst ambulance staff worked to administer emergency care she deteriorated and went into cardiac arrest. Advanced life support was commenced on scene and continued en route to Hereford Hospital. Sadly, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead shortly after arrival in A&E.

“A passenger in the car, a woman believed to be in her sixties, was treated for a fractured arm. She was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board before being transferred by land ambulance to Hereford Hospital.

“The lorry driver was uninjured and did not require hospital treatment.”

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Lez to Brave the Shave

Thursday 9th July 2015 – 10.35am – Chris Kowalik.

A paramedic based at Shrewsbury will be shaving her head later this year in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

On her fundraising website, Lesley (“Lez”) Watson said: “Over the last few years I’ve lost relatives, my Uncle Bill and my fab cousins husband David Lodge good friends and colleagues David Large and Derek Critchlow.

“I’ve seen friends lose hair as they’ve battled their own fight against this evil disease. Today I’m standing up and fighting with you xx.”

She will “Brave the Shave” at the White Bear public house, High Street, Whitchurch on August 22nd.

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To sponsor her, visit:

https://bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/lesley-watson/?success=1&campaign=103855

Man rescued & revived from Birmingham canal by 999 crews

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Thursday 9th July 2015 – 9.45am – Claire Brown.

It was a 999 team effort earlier this morning after paramedics, police officers and fire fighters helped to rescue and resuscitate a man found in a canal in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a drowning in Birmingham and Fazeley Canal off William Booth Lane in the City Centre at around 1.15am today (Thursday). Two ambulances, a community paramedic, a paramedic area support officer and specialist Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The man, who was face down in the middle of the canal, couldn’t be reached from the canal towpath so HART paramedics quickly donned their water rescue gear and jumped into the water.

“When the HART paramedics reached the man and assessed him, he wasn’t breathing and was in cardiac arrest. Paramedics pulled him to the side of the canal where fire fighters, police and fellow ambulance colleagues were ready to lift him out of the water.

“The team of staff commenced advanced life support on the man at the scene and CPR efforts continued in the back of the ambulance en route to City Hospital. Upon arrival in A&E, the man’s heart had been restarted by ambulance staff but the man’s condition remained serious.”

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Woman suffers serious head injury after falling into canal lock

Wednesday 8th July 2015 – 11am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman has been anaesthetised after falling into a canal whilst operating a lock in Stone this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Limekiln Lock on the Trent and Mersey Canal in Stone at 9am and sent an ambulance, a rapid response paramedic, a paramedic area support officer and a BASICS doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to a find a woman in her 70s who was out of the water on arrival.

“It is believed she had slipped whilst opening a lock gate, hitting her head and back on the ground before falling approximately ten feet into the lock itself.

“She had been rescued from the water by a family member and two bystanders. It is thought she was in the water for approximately two minutes.

“Having suffered a significant head injury, crews treated the woman for a reduced level of consciousness and a back injury.

“In order to stabilise her condition she was anaesthetised at the scene before being transport to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.

“The doctor travelled in the back of the ambulance to continue treatment en-route to the hospital.”

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Jockey airlifted from Wolverhampton racecourse

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Tuesday 7th July 2015 – 6.50pm – Claire Brown.

A jockey has been airlifted to hospital and another suffered minor injuries after falling from their horses during a race meeting this afternoon in Dunstall Park.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of two jockeys who had been injured at Wolverhampton Racecourse, Gorsebrook Road, Wolverhampton, just before 2.00pm today (Tuesday).

An ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill airbase with two critical care paramedics on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the ambulance service arrived they found two jockeys being treated by onsite medical staff after both had reportedly fallen from their horses during a race.

“One jockey, a man thought to be in his 20s, had initially been knocked unconscious following the fall and was found to have sustained a serious head injury and neck pain. The man, who had regained consciousness when the ambulance service arrived, had been given pain relief and was fully immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board by the private medical team.

“The man was given further pain relief by WMAS before being transferred to the awaiting helicopter, which had landed on the racecourse, and airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further trauma care.

“The second jockey, a man, suffered less serious injuries but required further hospital treatment. He was taken to New Cross Hospital by land ambulance.”

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Lorry driver dies in M6 RTC

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Tuesday 7th July 2015 – 11.10am – Claire Brown.

A collision involving two lorries on the M6 in Birmingham this morning has left one man dead and another needing hospital treatment.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 4 and 4a just before 9.15am this morning (Tuesday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found two lorries which had been involved in a serious collision; one lorry was carrying two tonnes of bricks and had shed its load onto the carriageway.

“Passers-by were administering aid to one of the lorry drivers who was trapped in the wreckage. Ambulance staff and the two doctors worked quickly with the fire service to extricate him from the wreckage and advanced life support was commenced.

“Sadly, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“The second lorry driver, a man in his 50s, was suffering from the effects of shock and was taken to Heartlands Hospital by land ambulance as a precaution.”

 

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A woman has been taken to a major trauma centre after an early morning crash

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Tuesday 7th July 2015 – 9.35am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has been taken to a major trauma centre after the car she was driving was involved in a head on collision with a lorry.

The crash happened at about 5.35am this morning (Tuesday) on the A46 between Beckford and Ashton under Hill, near Evesham.

A rapid response vehicle was first on scene and was backed up by an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the MERIT Trauma Doctor. An off duty paramedic from South Western Ambulance Service who was passing, also stopped to offer assistance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The middle aged woman in the car was trapped by her feet due to the intrusion into the car. It took about three quarters of an hour for ambulance staff, working with firefighters, to extricate her safely. Firefighters removed the roof to aid the process.

“The woman had suffered a fractured right leg and had potentially serious injuries to her chest, abdomen and pelvis. She was immobilised and had splints fitted to her leg and pelvis.

“After being given pain relief and treatment at the scene, she was taken to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The lorry driver was uninjured and he was discharged on scene after a check over by ambulance staff.”
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Tragic incident on the A5 leaves two dead and seven other needing treatment

Monday 6th July 2015 – 8.00pm – John Hawker.

Two people have died and a further seven people have been treated following an RTC in Staffordshire.

The crash occurred on the A5, near to Weston Park at around 2.20pm on Monday afternoon.

The first person on scene was an off duty A&E nurse who came across the incident and started to treat patients.

In addition, three community first responders from the Brewood and Wheaton Aston schemes, four ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Staffordshire attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a number of vehicles that had been in a significant collision.

“One vehicle had overturned in the crash and unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the two woman who were travelling in that car; they were sadly confirmed dead at the scene.

“A man also travelling in the overturned vehicle had suffered serious pelvic injuries. He received emergency treatment at the scene from medics and was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency treatment.

“A man in his 60’s and a woman in her 30’s, both travelling in a second car were treated at the scene for multiple minor injuries and were transferred in the same ambulance to New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton for further treatment.

“A man believed to be in his 40’s, travelling in a third car suffered a shoulder injury. He received treatment before being taken by land ambulance to Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.

“A man in his 30’s and a woman in her 20’s, travelling in a fourth car were treated at the scene for minor injuries by medics and did not require further treatment. Both were discharged at scene.

“A woman in a fifth car was checked over at the scene for back injuries. She received treatment before being transferred by ambulance to Princess Royal Hospital for further treatment.

“West Midlands Ambulance Service would like to pay tribute to its staff for their professionalism and the excellent treatment they provided at what was an extremely difficult and distressing incident. The Trust would also like to thank the off duty nurse who assisted with treatment at the scene.”
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Six injured in RTC in Oldbury

Monday 6th July 2015 – 2.15pm – John Hawker.

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Six people have been injured following an RTC in Oldbury this lunchtime.

The crash occurred on the Wolverhampton Road at around midday.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car and a taxi that had been in a significant collision.

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“The woman travelling in the back of the taxi, believed to be in her 40’s, suffered a serious shoulder injury.  She received emergency treatment whilst still in the vehicle by medics including pain relief.

“The woman was then transferred by ambulance to Sandwell Hospital for further emergency treatment.

“The man also travelling in the back of the taxi, also believed to be in his 40’s, suffered minor injuries and following treatment was transferred in the same ambulance to the same hospital for further treatment.

“The driver of the taxi, a man believed to be in his mid 40’s, was complaining of leg and neck pain at the scene.  He also received treatment by medics and was transferred by ambulance to Sandwell hospital.

“The occupants of the car, two men and one woman, all believed to be in their 70’s, where checked over at the scene for minor injuries.

“Due to the mechanism of the impact and the age of the patients, all three were transferred by a Hazardous Area Response Team Ambulance minibus to City Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“West Midlands Ambulance Service would encourage all members of the public who travel in taxis to always wear a seatbelt to help minimise any injuries should a crash occur.”

A rapid response paramedic, two ambulance crews, a paramedic officer and the Trusts Hazardous Area response Teams Ambulance minibus all attended the scene.

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Golf clubs swing into action to save lives across the region

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Monday 6th July 2015 – 12.00noon – Claire Brown.

A golf club in the Black Country is the latest to join the ‘life-saving list’ thanks to a project by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

More than 80 golf clubs across the West Midlands now have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) onsite; devices that can help to restart the heart of someone in cardiac arrest. The Trust provided staff and club members with CPR training as well as how to use their new devices to help someone in cardiac arrest.

Swindon Golf Club on the outskirts of Dudley took delivery of their defibrillator at the end of June and the Trust’s Community Response Manager Andy Jeynes went along to train staff. Terry Langford from Swindon Golf Club was one of the 20 trained by Andy recently and said: “With the total support of West Midlands Ambulance Service we have been given the latest piece of equipment and 20 members of staff were given some absolutely first class training. On behalf of the club I’d like to express my gratitude to Andy Jeynes for arranging the donation of the equipment and for his excellent demonstration of its use.”

Emma Bogle, the Trust’s Head of Community Response, said: “Golf is the 5th biggest participation sport in the UK and if someone’s heart stops half a mile out on the fairway it’s vital they get help fast.

“We’ve teamed up with 89 golf clubs across the Region providing them with defibrillators and training so that they’re ready to start vital life-saving care whilst we’re on the way as, in cardiac arrest cases, for every minute CPR is delayed the chances of a patient surviving rapidly decreases. Defibrillators are incredibly easy and safe to use and, nowadays, even talk you through the steps of how to use them so you really cannot go wrong.”

If your golf club would like more information about a defibrillator and CPR training, please contact Emma Bogle via Emma.Bogle@wmas.nhs.uk.

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Pictured: Andy Jeynes (far right), Terry Langford (at table in pink) and other members of Swindon Golf Club.

Pedestrian seriously injured

Monday 6th July 2015 – 11.00am – John Hawker.

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A pedestrian has been seriously injured following a RTC in West Bromwich this morning.

The incident happened near to The Public, St Michael Street, at around 8.35am.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a woman who had been in collision with a single deck bus.

“The woman, believed to be in her mid 30’s, had suffered a serious head injury and suspected pelvic injuries.

“She received emergency treatment at the scene by medics for her injuries including treatment for her reduced level of consciousness.

“Following her condition being stabilised the woman was transferred by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further assessment and emergency treatment.

“The hospital had been pre alerted to the patient’s arrival and her injuries.

“Considering the circumstances of the crash it is extremely fortunate that the woman did not suffer more serious injuries.”

One land ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the crash.

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Motorcyclist injured

Sunday 5th July 2015 – 5.05pm – Chris Kowalik.

A motorcyclist was flown to hospital earlier today after a collision with a car near the Herefordshire border with Wales.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly after 12.15pm today to the B4362 at Broadheath near Presteigne. The Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham was sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Local fire crews kept the motorcyclist, a man in his seventies, warm and dry. When the Midlands Air Ambulance crew arrived and began to treat the motorcyclist, another storm came overhead but passersby helped by holding up a tarpaulin to keep off the rain.

“The biker had a broken arm and suspected broken ribs. He was immobilised onto a scoop stretcher. Head blocks and a pelvic binder were also used and he was given pain relief.

“He was then flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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Incident at motocross event in Herefordshire

Sunday 5th July 2015 – 2.35pm – Chris Kowalik.

A man has been taken to hospital following an incident at a motocross event in Herefordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Wolferlow shortly before 10.55am today.

An advanced community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance crew and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The injured man who is in his sixties and who was not a rider, was standing behind protective pallets that were hit by a sidecar.

“He had back pain and some hip pain but no obvious signs of injury. He was taken by land ambulance to Hereford County Hospital.”

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Light aircraft crash-landing at Shifnal airfield

Sunday 5th July 2015 – 1.30pm – Chris Kowalik.

The quick actions of a witness to a light aircraft crash in Shropshire have saved the lives of two men.

The aircraft was upside down at Shifnal airfield and on fire with the pilot and his companion inside.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly after 10.45am today. An ambulance crew, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and a senior paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “In addition to calling the ambulance service the man ran towards the burning craft with a fire extinguisher. He put out the fire and dragged the passenger out. But the fire re-ignited around the feet of the pilot and this was again extinguished. The man was unable to pull the pilot free because he was trapped.

“In additional to ambulance crews, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service also attended; the nearest crew was at a school fete nearby, which they had to leave.

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“The pilot, a man in his sixties, was freed by the emergency services and he was the more seriously injured of the two. He had a dislocated right shoulder, a broken arm, a broken leg and a broken ankle. His legs were placed in traction, he was fully immobilised and given pain relief at the scene before being flown to Royal Stoke University Hospital.
“His passenger, a man in his fifties had head and neck injuries. He was given oxygen at the scene and was also fully immobilised before being taken by land ambulance to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“But without doubt, the hero of the hour was the eyewitness to the crash without whose actions, this could have ended up far, far more serious.”

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Boy’s leg impaled on iron railing

Saturday 4th July 2015 – 8.15pm – Chris Kowalik.

The leg of a teenage boy has been impaled on an eight-feet high wrought iron railing in Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Cumberland Road, Stapenhill, shortly before 1.40pm today.

An advanced community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance crew and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford in Shropshire attended. Police and the fire service also attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Everyone worked really well and really carefully together to help the boy who was trapped for half an hour. It was important not to make the injury any worse and therefore the railing had to remain in the boy’s right leg.

“First, a section of that railing that was cut in order for the boy to be brought down. Then a bit more had to be cut off so it could all fit into the air ambulance for the flight to hospital.

“The boy was given pain relief and oxygen and was flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured

Saturday 4th July 2015 – 8.15pm – Chris Kowalik.

A motorcyclist has been flown to a major trauma centre following a crash in Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Buxton Road, Quarnford, shortly after 4.30pm today.

An advanced community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire attended. An ambulance from the East Midlands Ambulance Service was also sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The motorcyclist, a man in his twenties, had been involved in a serious collision. At the scene he was treated for a broken arm and a chest injury; his chest was decompressed and he was administered drugs which included pain relief.

“He was flown to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

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Six lucky to avoid serious injury as taxi overturns

Saturday 4th July 2015 –7.30am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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An overturned taxi left six people trapped overnight but thanks to the quick thinking of ambulance staff, none of them suffered serious injuries.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A38 near to Bassetts Pole, shortly after 1.20am and sent two ambulances and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a taxi that had been involved in a collision with street furniture and ended up on its side.

“The driver had managed to free himself from the vehicle but there were six patients trapped in the back.

“Given the position the patients were in, ambulance staff knew they needed to work quickly in order to prevent any injuries becoming more serious.

“First of all they stabilised the taxi before carefully assisting all six patients out through the opposite side door.

“There were two adult woman, three adult men and a teenage male. All six of them were treated for minor injuries including arm and ankle injuries.

“They were then all taken to Good Hope Hospital for further assessment.

“Given the fact the vehicle overturned, they are all lucky not to have suffered more serious injuries in the incident.”

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Man rescued after falling into river

Saturday 4th July 2015 –6.45am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A man has been rescued in an operation that took about two hours after falling approximately 15 feet into a river in Ross on Wye in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to The Biblins in Whitchurch just after 1.10am and sent an ambulance, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, two doctors and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a man, thought to be in his 30s, who was in the water after falling about 15 feet from the river bank.

“The area he had fallen was quite rocky so there were concerns about the injuries the man, who was conscious, had sustained.

“He was assessed and treated for suspected fractures to his wrist and ankle as well as an injury to his pelvis. He had pain relief administered and was immobilised.

“Fire crews from South Wales, Hereford and Gloucester played a significant part in the rescue and getting him back to the awaiting ambulance.

“They launched a boat further upstream and made their way down to the patient before getting him on board and travelling back upstream.

“The man was then carried up a steep bank before being transport to Hereford County Hospital.”

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Man trapped as car overturns in Birmingham RTC

Friday 3rd July 2015 –10.35pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A teenager has been cut free from a car and treated for serious injuries following a single vehicle collision in Birmingham tonight in which the car ended up on its side.

The incident took place at the junction of Reservoir Road and Slade Road in Erdington shortly before 7pm and West Midlands Ambulance Service sent two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover a car that had been in collision with street furniture, causing the vehicle to come to rest on its side.

“There were two patients, both teenage males, one of whom was trapped inside the vehicle.

“He was assessed by crews and freed with the help of the fire service who had to cut the roof off the car.

“He was then treated for a fractured lower right leg and a significant abdomen injury. He had his condition stabilised at the scene and was given pain relief before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“The second patient managed to free himself from the vehicle. He was treated for a fractured collarbone and immobilised before being taken to Heartlands Hospital.”

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M6 collision leaves three injured

Friday 3rd July 2015 –7.20pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Three people have been injured in a two-car collision on the M6 northbound this afternoon which led to heavy traffic for commuters as they tried to make their way home.

The incident took place near to junction 14 shortly before 4.50pm and West Midlands Ambulance Service sent three ambulances, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “There was severe congestion on the northbound carriageway of the M6 following a two-car collision near to junction 14.

“On arrival, crews discovered three patients, all of whom were complaining of neck and back pain.

“In one of the cars was a man and woman, both believed to be in their 30s, whilst in the second car there was a male patient.

“All three were immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board and taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital by land ambulance.

“Given the length of the queuing traffic, the motorway is expected to remain extremely busy for some time.”

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Trio injured in three vehicle collision

Friday 3rd July 2015 –6.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Three people have been treated by ambulance staff and subsequently taken to hospital following a three-vehicle road traffic collision in Droitwich this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident, which took place outside the Chataeu Impney Hotel shortly after 5.15pm, and sent two ambulances, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered three vehicles that had been in collision, two cars and a van.

“There were three patients in total, two from one of the cars and one from the other car, a people carrier. Nobody travelling in the van sustained any injuries.

“From the first car, a woman in her 40s was trapped as a result of her injuries and crews had to work carefully with the fire service to get her out, after the roof was cut off the vehicle.

“She was treated for leg injuries, immobilised with the use of a spinal board and taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch by land ambulance.

“The second patient from the car, a female teenager, was treated for a wrist injury and taken to the same hospital by land ambulance.

“From the people carrier, a man in his 30s was immobilised with the use of a spinal board and also taken to the Alexandra Hospital by land ambulance as a precaution.”

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Two Injured in Blackheath Crash

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Friday 3rd July 2015 – 4.30pm – Steve Parry.

Two people have been taken to hospital after a road traffic collision in Blackheath this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Gorsty Hill Road at just after 3pm.

Two ambulances; a paramedic support officer and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews responded to a road traffic collision involving two vehicles.

“An 18 years old man was treated for shoulder and chest injuries. He was trapped in his vehicle for a short time before being released. He was given pain relief before being taken to Russells Hall Hospital.

“Two other men travelling in the same car were assessed at scene before being released.

“The woman driver of a second car involved was treated for facial injuries and was also taken to the Dudley Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

 

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Woman Seriously Injured in M50 Incident

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Friday 3rd July 2015 – 3pm – Steve Parry.

A woman passenger in a car travelling along the M50 in Herefordshire has been seriously injured by an object that smashed through the car windscreen.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the M50 junction 2-3 near Upton Bishop at just after 10.35am.

An ambulance, a paramedic support officer, a community paramedic together with the Midlands Air Ambulance crew from Strensham responding in a rapid response car, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews attended to what appears to be as freak incident in which a small metal object weighting about 2 pound and the size of an ice hockey puck smashed through the car windscreen seriously injuring a woman passenger.

“Crews were quickly on scene to treat a front seat passenger in her fifties for ‘significant life changing’ facial injuries.

“The patient was given immediate medical treatment for her injuries. Pain relief was administered and her condition stabilised before her journey to hospital.

“The patient was taken by land ambulance to the trauma unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.

“The hospital was pre alerted to the serious condition of the patient.

“The male driver of the car was uninjured.”

 

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Walker Rescued From The Wrekin

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Friday 3rd July 2015 – 2pm – Steve Parry.

A walker has been brought to safety following a three hour rescue operation at the top of the Wrekin in Shropshire earlier today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Shropshire’s best known landmark at 10am.

An ambulance together with a paramedic support officer in a rapid response vehicle; a community paramedic and the specialist Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews responded to the top of the Wrekin after reports of a walker in difficulties.

“The patient was found to have an ankle injury near the telecommunication mask at the top of the Wrekin.

“The woman, believed to be in her forties, was immobilised with use of a leg splint and given pain relief before being brought to safety by a team of ambulance staff. They carried her down the hillside for more than 300 yards before transferring her to the HART team Land Rover. The patient was then driven to a waiting ambulance.

“The casualty was taken to the Princess Royal Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

 

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Two injured as car leaves M6

Friday 3rd July 2015 – 9am – Chris Kowalik.

A man and a woman returning home from a concert ended up in hospital after the car they were in collided with a lorry on the M6 and went down an embankment.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway between junctions 15 and 16 shortly after 4.25am today.

Three ambulance crews, and three rapid response vehicles driven by a paramedic, a paramedic area support officer and a BASICS Emergency Doctor attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived, they found a woman who had already got out of the car and a man in it. Both are in their twenties.

“She had head and abdominal injuries. He had head, arm and wrist injuries. Both were in pain, were given pain relief at the scene and were immobilised with the use of spinal boards and neck collars before being taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital to be seen by its trauma team.”

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Car and lorry crash on A49 in Shropshire

Thursday 2nd July 2015 – 8.35pm – Chris Kowalik.

A paramedic on his way to work for his night shift stopped to help when he came across a crash on the A49 at Leebotwood.

But he’s also a Medical First Responder, meaning he carries his response bag with him and gets called out to incidents as a paramedic when he’s off shift.

He was first at the scene of the collision involving a lorry and a car near the railway crossing. West Midlands Ambulance Service’s control room also got a 999 call about it at 6.15pm.

Joining the Medical First Responder at the scene were an ambulance crew and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The car had left the road and was very badly damaged. The medical first responder found its driver, a man, injured at the wheel.

“Ambulance service personnel bandaged a head wound, gave him oxygen and immobilised him onto a scoop stretcher. He was taken by land ambulance to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“The lorry driver was uninjured.”

Lorry and car crash on A49 02-07-15

Picture: West Midlands Ambulance Service

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RTC leaves car upside down and woman injured in Coventry

RTC leaves car upside down and woman injured in Coventry

Thursday 2nd July 2015 – 4.00pm – Claire Brown.

Team work between the ambulance and fire service meant a woman who was trapped in her overturned car received prompt care following an RTC in Coventry this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A45 Kenpas Highway just after 12.30pm (Thursday). Two ambulances and a senior paramedic officer attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The collision between two cars had left one car on its roof. A woman in her 30s was in the overturned car and had reportedly been unconscious prior to the arrival of the ambulance service.

“Upon assessment ambulance staff found she had sustained suspected internal injuries as well as bruising to her limbs and upper body. With assistance from Coventry fire crews, the woman was extricated from the car and immobilised with a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic splint before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

“A man from the second car sustained a foot injury. His wound was dressed by ambulance staff before being taken to the same hospital as a precaution.”

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Car driver critical following RTC with lorry on M6 in Cannock

HMED 03 at QEHB

Thursday 2nd July 2015 – 9.50am – Claire Brown.

Ambulance staff provided emergency trauma care to a man whose car ended up partially trapped beneath a lorry on the M6 in Cannock this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a car which had been involved in a collision with a lorry on the southbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 11 and 10a near Hilton Park Services at 8.07am (Thursday).

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, a community paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the emergency services arrived they found a car which had sustained significant damage following a collision with a lorry. The front of the car was underneath the rear of the lorry and the car driver, a man, was trapped in the wreckage.

“Whilst police closed both carriageways of the motorway so that the air ambulance could land close by, ambulance staff began assessing the man who was in a serious condition after sustaining injuries to his chest and face. Whilst the team of medics administered treatment and worked with the fire service to rapidly extricate the man, his condition deteriorated and he went into cardiac arrest. After 20 minutes of advanced life support and pre-hospital interventions, ambulance staff and the doctor managed to restart the man’s heart.

“The trauma doctor travelled in the land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, a regional trauma centre, to continue emergency care en route. The man’s condition is said to be critical.”
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Fatal collision near Lichfield

Thursday 2nd July 2015 – 8am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Ambulance Bonnet

A woman has been fatally injured following a collision between a lorry and a pedestrian between Lichfield and Burton-upon-Trent, in the early hours of this morning (Thursday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A38 between Clay Mills and Stretton, shortly after 12.40am and sent an ambulance and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a lorry and pedestrian that had been in collision.

“The pedestrian, a woman, had suffered significant injuries in the collision.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became evident that nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The lorry driver, a man, was assessed by medics and discharged on scene.”

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Motorist walks away uninjured despite car overturning on M42

Wednesday 1st July 2015 – 4.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Lucky Escape M42 1 July 2015

A motorist has been incredibly lucky to walk away uninjured after his car left the motorway and came to rest on its roof at the bottom of an embankment near Redditch this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the M42 westbound between junctions 3 and 2 shortly after 8.30am and sent an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, a doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had reportedly rolled down a steep embankment after leaving the motorway, ending up on its roof.

“The driver, a man in his 40s, had managed to free himself from the vehicle and was conscious throughout.

“Crews had to battle through thick hedges and shrubbery in order to reach the man, whilst the air ambulance was able to land on a field nearby where the vehicle had come to rest.

“The man was assessed, but incredibly walked away uninjured, bar a small graze to his arm and did not require transporting to hospital.

“Given the nature of the incident and the fact the car has overturned, the man is fortunate not to have suffered more significant injuries.”

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Notes to Editors:

If used, please credit the image to West Midlands Ambulance Service.