Van leaves motorway and goes down steep embankment

Monday 6th March 2017 – 11.48am – Murray MacGregor.

A van driver has been airlifted after his van left a busy motorway and went down an embankment into a bush.

The incident happened on the M42 just before junction 3a for the M40 on the northbound carriageway.

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and the Hazardous Area Response Team were sent to the scene after a number of 999 calls at about 8.05am this morning, Monday.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a panel van that had left the motorway to the nearside, gone down a steep embankment and ended up in shrubs.

“The driver, a 38 year old man, was trapped by his leg in the vehicle.  Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate the man.

“He had suffered injuries to his head, left leg and foot, possible damage to his pelvis and had neck and back pain.

“He was immobilised and assessed at the scene before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.”


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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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