Van leaves motorway, goes up embankment and rolls onto side

Thursday 18th January 2017 – 3.15pm – Murray MacGregor.

A driver has escaped with remarkably minor injuries despite the van he was in leaving a motorway, going up an embankment and ending up on its side in thick undergrowth.

The incident happened on the M54 in Shropshire between junction 4 and 3 at Shifnall at about 12.20pm today (Thursday).

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, the Hazardous Area Response team were sent to the scene.  The MERIT Trauma doctor from the Midlands Air Ambulance at Cosford also attended in a rapid response vehicle.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “There were two vehicles involved; the van and another good vehicle.  After the initial collision, the van went up the embankment and came to rest on the driver’s side while the second vehicle stayed on the motorway.

“A lorry driver stopped and went up to check on the driver of the van.  The 44-year old was trapped by the steering column, on his side.

“The doctor and a paramedic crawled into the vehicle to start treating him while firefighters removed the windscreen.  The man was immobilised and brought out on a long board.

“Astonishingly his only injury appeared to be a knee injury.  Due to the nature of the incident, he was taken by ambulance to New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

“The two men in the other vehicle were checked over but both were discharged on scene.  One had neck pain, the other a head injury but both were minor.

“This was an excellent example of joint working between fire and ambulance staff to ensure the man was rescued as quickly as possible.”


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