Fatal incident on motorway

Monday 10th July 2017 – 9.10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

One person has died and three others required hospital treatment following a serious collision on the M42 last night.

Four cars and a lorry were involved in a collision which resulted in three of the cars setting fire and eight patients in total for ambulance staff to assist.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to the M42 southbound between junctions 2 and 1 at 8.55pm and sent two ambulances and two paramedic officers to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Three of the cars were well alight when crews arrived.

“The fire service worked quickly to extinguish the fires but upon doing so, a patient was discovered in one of the cars.

“Unfortunately, it immediately became apparent nothing could be done to save them and they were confirmed deceased.

“An off-duty technician, who was in traffic just behind the accident, immediately went to assist upon seeing the collision and with the help of bystanders, managed to pull a woman from one of the burning cars.

“She was treated for minor burns and am arm injury and taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. The quick-thinking actions of those who rescued the woman undoubtedly saved her from suffering far more significant injuries.

“From the same car, the driver, a man believed to be in his 50s, managed to get himself out of the vehicle. He was treated for minor injuries and taken to the same hospital.

“A driver of another car, a man, was treated for a knee injury and taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch for further treatment.

“Four other patients, including the driver of the lorry, were assessed and discharged at the scene with minor or no injuries.”



Notes to Editors:

We do not know the gender of the deceased patient.

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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