Armco barrier does its job and stops car plumeting off elevated section into river

Monday 21st November 2016 – 12.43pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman whose car crashed on a Midlands motorway has the safety barrier to thank for not ending up 70ft below in a river.

The single vehicle crash happened at about 9.25am on Monday morning on the northbound M42 between junctions 10 and 11 on the elevated section.  The car had hit the Armco barrier which had thankfully kept it on the motorway.

An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer and the air crew from the Derbyshire Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance who responded in a response vehicle were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The car had suffered some significant damage.

“The initial call suggested the woman wasn’t breathing, but thankfully it appears she had only been knocked unconscious and was breathing unaided when ambulance staff arrived.

“Firefighters removed the side of the car to allow ambulance staff to remove the woman onto a spinal board and immobilise her.

“She was taken to the trauma centre at Royal Derby Hospital with a head injury.”



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