Thursday 2nd June 2016 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.
Two men have died, another is in a critical condition and five other people needed medical treatment following a road traffic collision on the M5 motorway on the Worcestershire / Gloucestershire border in the early hours.
West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from the police to reports of a road traffic collision on the southbound carriageway of the M5 between junctions 8 and 9, Tewkesbury, at 1.15am this morning (Thursday). Three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Trust’s MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene. Due to the location of the incident, South Western Ambulance Service were also responded and sent additional ambulance resources including a doctor and Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival, the emergency services found a car which had been involved in a serious collision with four men inside. Sadly, nothing could be done to save two men and they were confirmed dead on scene. A third man was in a critical condition and received advanced trauma care by ambulance staff and the trauma doctor at the roadside before being alerted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The man remains in a critical condition. A fourth man was given trauma care for back and leg injuries before being taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
“Four other patients from other vehicles involved in the collision were assessed and treated by South Western Ambulance Service colleagues. Despite the distressing nature of the incident, the two ambulance services together with police and fire colleagues worked as a team to provide excellent patient care on scene.
“The motorway remains closed and motorists are advised to seek alternative routes.”