A man had to be pulled from under a van after the jack holding it up collapsed

Monday 21st March 2016 – 7.15pm – Murray MacGregor.

A man has suffered ‘crush’ injuries after getting trapped after a jack collapsed while he was changing the wheel of a van.

The incident happened near to the junction of Ball Lane and the A449 at Coven, north of Wolverhampton at about 5.00pm on Monday evening.

An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a critical care paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they were told that the 48 year old, who lives locally, had been changing a rear tyre.

“He was underneath the back of the van when the jack collapsed and he was trapped on his front.

“Other people who were also travelling in the van quickly reset the jack and, after raising the vehicle, pulled him out from underneath.

“Their quick actions undoubtedly helped reduce the level of injury as he was trapped for only a matter of minutes.

“The man had suffered back and chest injuries. After being assessed on the ambulance, he was taken to New Cross Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

Two Ambulances + HMED 03 (side)

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