Thankfully the air ambulance wasn’t required on M6

Friday 13th January 2017 – 2.30pm – Claire Brown.

Despite how it looked to drivers on the M6, a multi-vehicle collision on the motorway in Stoke-on-Trent earlier thankfully didn’t result in any serious injuries.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a number of 999 calls to reports of a four vehicle RTC on the northbound carriageway of the M6, a mile before junction 16 at 11.45am (Friday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a senior paramedic officer and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene. The Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill was assigned to the case but was stood down en route.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found several vehicles which had been involved in a collision.

“One car, which had sustained significant damage, had come to rest straddling the hard shoulder and lane one and was facing in the wrong direction. The two occupants of the car, two women in their 40s, had managed to get out of the vehicle and had suffered relatively minor injuries.

“The driver sustained a cut to her head and an arm injury. Ambulance staff administered pain relief and immobilised her with a neck collar and spinal board as a precaution before she was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital. The passenger suffered no apparent injuries but had reportedly been knocked unconscious for a short time. She too was immobilised as a precaution and was taken to the same hospital for further checks.

“Four other people from other vehicles involved were assessed by ambulance staff but were discharged on scene and didn’t require further care.”


Photographs – scene of RTC and aerial photo from HMED09 showing traffic stationary on M6 following incident. Please credit West Midlands Ambulance Service

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