Thursday 12th October 2017 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.
A lorry driver, who ended up trapped in the wreckage of his cab following a collision with another lorry on the M5 motorway, received advanced trauma care from ambulance staff earlier this morning.
West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call reporting a collision involving two lorries on the northbound carriageway of the M5 at junction 5, Wychbold, Droitwich at 5.00am today (Thursday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team and a MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the emergency services arrived they found one lorry which had partially left the carriageway, the cab of the lorry had ended up down an embankment and had overturned. The lorry driver, a man in his 40s, was trapped in the wreckage and, upon initial assessment by ambulance staff, it was clear he had sustained serious injuries.
“Ambulance staff, the doctor, HART and the fire service’s technical rescue team worked together to carefully extricate the man from the cab. After a complex extrication, the man was fully released from the overturned cab. Ambulance staff were then able to administer advanced trauma care to stabilise his condition and treat the injuries he had sustained to his head, body, arms and leg. The man was given advanced pain relief before being fully immobilised and taken on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctor travelled in the ambulance to continue treatment en route.
“The second lorry driver, who was out of his vehicle upon our arrival, was described as walking wounded. He had suffered minor injuries and was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital as a precaution.”