Heroic actions of crew prevents serious motorway crash



Wednesday 18th January 2017 – 4.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Quick thinking ambulance staff have helped avoid a potentially extremely serious crash on the M6 by setting up a rolling road block to protect a car that was weaving all over the road.

The move became necessary after they spotted a car continually crashing into roadside barriers near to junction two on the northbound side of the M6 at 1.19pm this afternoon. A senior paramedic officer also attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Having initially managed to slow the vehicle down to a stop, the crew approached the driver, a man in his 50s, and it immediately became apparent that he was suffering a medical episode that as a result meant he was not aware of what was happening.

“Whilst the crew were talking to the man, he began driving again, once again colliding with barriers on the near and off side of the carriageway.

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“In order to prevent a collision with other vehicles on the motorway, which would have had the potential to cause multiple serious injuries, the crew used their ambulance to set up a rolling road block, successfully managing to bring the traffic behind them to a stop.

“They followed the car for a further two miles before it finally came to rest after a significant collision with the barrier. The crew, then again approached the car.

“They treated the man for his condition whilst still inside the car, stabilising and immobilising him before moving him on to the back of the ambulance.

“He was also treated for chest, abdominal and shoulder pain before being taken on alert to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“The crew deserve great praise for their quick thinking and brave actions as they have helped to avoid a situation which could have resulted in a lot more patients, potentially with significant injuries.”

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Notes to Editors: If used, please credit the image to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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