Monday 22nd February 2016 – 9.45am – Murray MacGregor.
It’s thanks to a safety bar fitted to the rear of HGV trailers that two elderly friends are still alive today.
The car they were in was in collision with a container lorry on the northbound A46 just before the Stoneleigh turning at around 7.45pm last night (Sunday).
Two ambulances and a paramedic area support officer were sent to the scene after a number of calls to the ambulance service.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a car that had suffered very severe front end damage, especially on the passenger side. The safety bar on the rear of the HGV trailer was badly bent but had held despite the collision.
“The elderly man driving the car had managed to get out and had suffered only minor injuries. He was taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire as a precaution.
“Unfortunately, the 89 year old lady in the front passenger seat was trapped. Ambulance staff treated the woman while firefighters carefully removed the roof and door of the car to allow the woman to be freed; in total she was trapped for just over an hour.
“She was given pain relief and immobilised before being taken on blue lights to the same hospital with serious injuries.”