Driver trapped by legs for an hour in crash on M42

Monday 10th August 2015 – 10.35am – John Hawker.

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The driver of a flatbed van was trapped by his legs for an hour this morning at a serious RTC on the motorway.

The crash occurred on the M42, between junction 9 and 10, Southbound, Tamworth at around 7.45am.  Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find four vehicles that are believed to have been in a collision.

“The driver of a flatbed van was trapped in the cab of his vehicle by his legs.  The man, believed to be in his early 20’s, received emergency treatment at the scene by medics, who worked with the fire service to ensure the patient was released as quickly and safely as possible.  The man was released from the vehicle in around 60 minutes.

“The man had received pain relief for his injuries, believed to include a fractured leg.  Once the patient’s condition was stabilised he was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

“The air ambulance landed on the motorway to access the incident which meant the carriageway was closed in both directions.

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“The passenger in the flatbed, a man believed to be in his 20’s, managed to get out of the vehicle and was treated for neck and back pain by medics.  The man was transferred by ambulance to Heartlands Hospital for further treatment.

“The man driving a van involved in the crash, was treated at the scene for minor injuries.  Due to the nature of the collision he was transferred to Good Hope Hospital fur further treatment.

“The drivers of two HGV vehicles were checked over at the scene by ambulance crews but did not require hospital treatment.

“Emergency services staff worked seamlessly at the scene to ensure the patients received the best possible treatment as quickly and safely as possible.”


We have no further details on this incident.

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