Wednesday 23rd September 2015 – 9.15am – Claire Brown.
The M6 motorway was closed in both directions in Birmingham earlier following a multiple vehicle collision which left a motorcyclist trapped underneath a car.
One of the Trust’s emergency preparedness managers came across the collision on the southbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 6 and 5 as he was driving to work. He stopped to help and was joined by three ambulances and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford which had a MERIT trauma doctor and Critical Care Paramedic on board.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The motorcyclist, a man in his 30s, had come off his bike and had ended up underneath a car. Police quickly closed the motorway in both directions so that the air ambulance could land on the carriageway.
“The motorcyclist was carefully assessed by crews and was found to have sustained serious lower leg injuries and a suspected fractured pelvis. The ambulance staff administered pain relief, fluids and a drug to treat bleeding problems before working carefully with the fire service to lift up the car to release the man. The man was immobilised with a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic splint before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further trauma care.
“Three other people from vehicles involved in the collision were also assessed by ambulance staff at the scene. Two were suffering with neck pain and both were fully immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board before being taken to Heartlands Hospital. The third patient suffered less serious injuries and did not require hospital treatment.
“The northbound carriageway is now open but the southbound carriageway remains closed.”
Notes to Editor: Please credit West Midlands Ambulance Service if you use the photograph.