Elderly man just inches from bus wheel

Wednesday 29th November 2017 – 8.00am – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly man escaped what could have been far more serious injuries, or even worse, after a collision with a double decker bus.

The incident happened at about 5.45pm outside the Railway Station at Galton Bridge in Oldbury Road, Smethwick.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a doctor and critical care paramedic from RAF Cosford travelling in a car were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance staff arrived at the scene, the elderly man was found face down underneath the front of the bus with his head just inches from one of the front wheels.

“He had suffered a head injury and a broken leg.  He was pulled out and was immobilised, had a pelvic binder put in place.  He was given pain relief and had his leg splinted before he was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctor travelled with the ambulance crew.

“Whilst the man has undoubtedly suffered a nasty injury, the potential for it to be a far more serious outcome is clear.”


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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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