Thursday 6th August 2015 – 8.30pm – Claire Brown.
A rush-hour collision involving HGVs and cars had the potential to be fatal on the M6 in Wolverhampton this evening.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway of the M6 near junction 10a, Wolverhampton, just before 6.00pm (Thursday). Four ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, two Midlands Air Ambulances, a MERIT trauma doctor and a BASICS doctor were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Emergency services arrived to find several HGVs, a 4×4 and a car which had been involved in a serious collision. The 4×4 vehicle had ended up trapped between two HGVs causing significant damage. Miraculously the driver of the 4×4, a man in his 40s, suffered relatively minor injuries. Once extricated from the vehicle he was immobilised as a precaution before being taken to Walsall Manor Hospital by land ambulance.
“One HGV driver, a man, was also trapped in the wreckage of his cab. Upon assessment he was found to have sustained a nasty lower leg fracture. Whilst the man’s condition was stabilised by ambulance staff with pain relief and anti-sickness medication, the fire service worked to carefully cut him free of the wreckage. After about an hour, the man was extricated onto a spinal board before being fully immobilised and taken to New Cross Hospital for further treatment. The MERIT doctor travelled in the ambulance to continue treatment en route.
“The driver of the car suffered minor injuries and was treated on scene before being taken to Walsall Manor Hospital by land.
“A second HGV driver, a man in his 20s, sustained a minor head injury in the collision but, once treated on scene, didn’t need hospital treatment.
“Considering the number of vehicles involved and the damage caused in the collision, it was miraculous that no one suffered more serious or even fatal injuries.”