Bus incident in Wednesbury

Thursday 19th October 2017 – 8.50am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A bus driver has been taken to hospital in a critical condition after suffering a medical episode at the wheel this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Darlaston Road in Wednesbury at 7.48am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance Crew from Cosford in a rapid response car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews were told that having spotted the man suffering a medical episode at the wheel of the bus, a van driver managed to position his vehicle and successfully bring the bus to a stop.

“The bus driver, a man, was found to be in cardiac arrest and on arrival of ambulance staff, police were already administering excellent CPR.

“Ambulance staff took over treatment and the man’s heart was successfully restarted prior to departure for Walsall Manor Hospital but he remains in a critical condition.

“West Midlands Ambulance Service would like to praise the van driver for ensuring the bus did not collide with any other vehicles and cause further injury, and the police for carrying out early CPR, essential to give the patient the best chance of survival.”

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Notes to Editors:

There were no passengers on the bus at the time of the incident.

 

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.

One comment

  1. What an amazing man the lorry driver was and brave. I often drive this way and it can very busy so if not for the lorry driver it could have been a major incident. He deserves a medal.

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