Lorry driver seriously injured following collision with van

Friday 31st August 2018 – 11.20am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A lorry driver has been seriously injured following a collision involving a van this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Pershore Road South in Birmingham at 6.37am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews discovered the lorry driver, a man in his 40s, receiving excellent first aid from bystanders. The patient was outside of his lorry at the time of the collision.

“He received specialist trauma care for multiple injuries he had suffered, including a serious leg injury.

“He was immobilised and given pain relief before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham on blue lights and sirens. The doctor travelled on the back of the ambulance to help continue treatment en-route to hospital.

“The van driver, a man, was treated for minor injuries before being discharged at the scene.”

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Woman airlifted after car and tractor collide

Friday 31st August 2018 – 9.40am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman has been airlifted to hospital following a collision between a car and a tractor last night (Thursday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the B5063 and B4397 near to Wem in Shrewsbury at 6.04pm and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car that had suffered significant damage in collision with a tractor.

“There were two patients from the car. The driver, a woman in her 30s, was still inside the vehicle and had to be assisted out by the fire service.

“Following assessment from ambulance staff, she was treated for an arm injury and cuts to the face. She was immobilised and given pain relief before being flown to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.

“The passenger in the car, a teenage male, had managed to get himself out of the vehicle prior to the arrival of ambulance staff. He was treated for hip pain and cuts to his arm but was able to be discharge on scene.

“The tractor driver was uninjured in the incident.”

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Midlands Air Ambulance landing at Royal Stoke University Hospital

Woman cut free and airlifted to hospital after cars and lorry collide

Friday 24th August 2018 – 3.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman who was trapped in her car for about 50 minutes before being cut free has been airlifted to hospital following treatment from ambulance staff.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A41 in Higher Heath, near Whitchurch, following the collision between two cars and a lorry. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a rapid response paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, with a doctor on board, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to discover two patients who needed treatment.

“The driver of one of the cars, a woman in her 40s, was trapped inside her vehicle and had to be cut free by the fire service.

“She was carefully assessed by ambulance staff throughout the process and once freed treated for arm and pelvic injuries. She was immobilised and given pain relief before being flown to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The driver of the second car, a man in his 40s, was treated for minor back injuries and taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“The lorry driver was uninjured in the incident.”

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Man injured as car leaves M5 and catches fire

Thursday 23rd August 2018 – 9.10am – Claire Brown.

A man has been taken to hospital after the car he was in left a motorway carriageway and ended up down an embankment before catching fire in Worcestershire in the early hours.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway of the M5 between junctions 8 and 7 near Severn Stoke, Worcester shortly before 4.00am this morning (Thursday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended. A second paramedic officer, who was passing the scene, stopped to assist.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived the car was well alight, and one occupant was out of the vehicle. The man in his 50s was fully assessed and found to have sustained multiple cuts and swelling to his arm. He was given pain relief and his wounds were cleaned and dressed on scene before he was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further checks.

“A thorough search of the area was conducted by all three emergency services for a possible second occupant, but no other patients were found on scene.”

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Cyclist suffers head injury following collision with car

Thursday 23rd August 2018 – 8.45am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A cyclist has been treated for a head injury and transported to hospital by ambulance staff following a collision with a car last night (Wednesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Rea Street and Moseley Street in Birmingham at 6.28pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find the cyclist, a man in his 20s, lying in the road, approximately 30 feet away from his bicycle.

“The man, who was wearing a helmet, was treated for a head injury, a reduced level of consciousness and cuts to the shoulder before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“The driver of the car was uninjured in the incident.”

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Man fatally injured and second airlifted following two-car RTC

Thursday 23rd August 2018 – 8.20am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

One man has died and a second has been airlifted to hospital following a two-car RTC which resulted in a total of seven patients last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the B4161 and York Avenue in Wolverhampton at 6.51pm and sent four ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene. An off-duty paramedic also stopped to offer assistance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a man in cardiac arrest following the collision.

“Despite ambulance staff performing CPR and administering advanced life support, sadly it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A man in his 20s, who had been helped from one of the cars by bystanders, was treated for a leg injury and a suspected pelvic injury. He was immobilised and given pain relief before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“A further four patients from the cars, two adults and two children were taken to New Cross Hospital with less serious injuries.

“A seventh patient, who was a bystander, was treated for the effects of shock and also taken to New Cross Hospital.”

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Motorcyclist suffers multiple injuries after collision with car

Wednesday 22nd August 2018 – 11:15am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist received advanced trauma care from ambulance staff after suffering serious injuries following a collision with a car.

The incident happened at just before 7.10pm on Tuesday evening near the junction of Uttoxeter Road and the B5013, just outside Abbots Bromley in Staffordshire.

An ambulance arrived on scene in under five minutes and was backed up by the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire which had a doctor and critical care paramedic on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a motorcycle that had suffered serious damage.  The car also had severe damage to the bonnet and windscreen.

“The rider, a 46-year-old man had suffered multiple injuries.  He was immobilised and received treatment from the ambulance staff and the doctor before being taken to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

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One person has died after a collision between a lorry and a car

Tuesday 21st August 2018 – 8.50am – Murray MacGregor.

One person has died after a collision between a lorry and a car in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday).

It happened at about 12.55am on the A46 Evesham Bypass, near to where the road crosses the River Avon.

An ambulance arrived 8 minutes after the call and was backed up by a second ambulance, a paramedic officer, the MERIT trauma doctor and The Air Ambulance Service Critical Care Car.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said; “On arrival, ambulance staff found a lorry and car that had both suffered significant damage.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that there was nothing that could be done to save the driver of the car and they were confirmed dead at the scene.

“The lorry driver, a 61-year-old man, was trapped for around 50 minutes.  Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate him.

“The man had suffered multiple injuries.  He was given pain relief and had a leg splinted and wounds dressed before he was taken to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.  The doctor from the critical care car travelled with the ambulance crew.”

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Teen airlifted to hospital after bus RTC in Worcester

Monday 20th August 2018 – 5.15pm – Claire Brown.

A teenager has been seriously injured after being involved in a collision with a bus in Worcester this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Deansway, near the college, in Worcester at 2.33pm (Monday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer attended the scene and were joined by two Midlands Air Ambulances, one with a MERIT trauma doctor on board and the other staffed by critical care paramedics, which landed at nearby Worcester Racecourse.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a pedestrian, a 14-year-old girl, who was unconscious after being involved in a road traffic collision with a bus.

“Ambulance staff worked to quickly assess the girl and found she had sustained serious injuries. Whilst administering initial treatment, crews swiftly transferred the girl by land ambulance on blue lights to meet up with the awaiting air ambulance teams at the racecourse. The girl received further advanced trauma care from the doctor and critical care paramedics who stabilised her condition before she was airlifted to Bristol Children’s Hospital for further emergency treatment.”

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Boy dies & three people injured in Staffordshire RTC

Thursday 16th August 2018 – 5.30pm – Claire Brown.

One boy has died and a second has been airlifted to hospital following a serious road traffic collision in North Staffordshire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a collision involving a car and a van with one patient reported to be in cardiac arrest on the Uttoxeter Road in Draycott in the Clay, near Uttoxeter at around 12.45pm today (Thursday). Three ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, two paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill, the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance with a doctor on board and a second BASICS doctor responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a serious road traffic collision involving a car and a van with a total of four patients involved; a driver and two passengers from the car and the van driver.

“A young boy from the car was in cardiac arrest and was already being given bystander CPR. Ambulance staff and the doctors worked as a team to deliver advanced trauma care to him at the scene. He was quickly transferred by land ambulance on blue lights to nearby Royal Stoke University Hospital; a doctor travelled in the ambulance with the crew to continue resuscitation en route.  Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone at the scene and in A&E, nothing could be done to save the boy and he was confirmed dead a short time later.

“Crews assessed the second car passenger, a young boy, and due to his condition and the severity of the collision he was immobilised with a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic binder before being airlifted to Sheffield Children’s Hospital for further specialist care.

“The car driver, a woman in her 20s, sustained multiple injuries and received pain relief to help stabilise her condition before being fully immobilised and taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“A man in his 40s, the driver of the van, was out of the vehicle when crews arrived and was found to have suffered leg, hip and arm pain. He was given pain relief before being fully immobilised as a precaution and conveyed by land ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

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Ambulance broken into & kit stolen – can you help?

Thursday 16th August 2018 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.

An ambulance crew, which was parked up on a 999 call, had its window smashed, medical equipment and personal belongings stolen in the early hours of this morning in Stoke-on-Trent.

The incident happened on St Ann Walk in Hanley at around 1.30am this morning. The ambulance crew were treating a patient inside a nearby property and returned to their locked ambulance to find the side window had been smashed and a variety of items stolen.

Steve Rust, Operations Manager at Stoke ambulance hub, said: “It just gets worse! I cannot begin to understand why someone would do this to an emergency blue lighted vehicle which has the sole responsibility of helping people.

“The equipment stolen included oxygen and entonox cylinders, a basic life support response bag and various personal protective clothing used by ambulance staff. A stethoscope and a number of personal belongings were also taken.

“I am just thankful that my staff weren’t hurt in the attack, but the ambulance crew were understandably upset and angry to find their vehicle had been targeted by thieves. The case was immediately reported to Staffordshire Police and we are working closely with them to help identify the culprits.”

Nathan Hudson, the Trust’s Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, said: “This is a truly appalling incident which really does make you question the morals of some people. This despicable crime has meant an ambulance is off the road and unable to respond to 999 calls whilst it’s being repaired, tax-payers money will now have to be spent to replenish the stolen items and I have two members of staff who have lost a number of personal items.

“It is completely unacceptable that ambulance staff, who are there to help people in their hour of need, are made to suffer by members of the public. Any type of attack against our staff and our vehicles will not be tolerated.”

The Trust is appealing for anyone who witnessed anything suspicious at the time to please contact Staffordshire Police on 101?

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Four escape serious injury after car leaves M6 carriageway

Tuesday 14th August 2018 – 2.00pm – Claire Brown.

Four occupants of a car escaped serious injury after their car ended up down an embankment following a collision on the M6 in Staffordshire earlier today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 14 and 13 near Seighford at 10.13am this morning (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the emergency services arrived on scene they found a car which had ended up down an embankment at the side of the carriageway after reportedly being involved in a collision with a lorry.

“The driver and two of the passengers, all women, had managed to get out of the vehicle unaided. All three were assessed and treated by crews for a range of minor bumps and bruises before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital as a precaution.

“A fourth occupant, an elderly man, was still in the vehicle and was quickly assessed by ambulance staff who ruled out any serious injuries but found he had sustained a shoulder injury. The man was given pain relief on scene and his injury was stabilised before he was taken by land ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

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Pedestrian injured in Coventry RTC

Tuesday 14th August 2018 – 11.30am – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian involved in a collision with a car this morning received advanced trauma care by ambulance staff before being alerted to hospital.

The incident happened on Harnall Lane East in Coventry shortly before 8.30am today (Tuesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the critical care car from The Air Ambulance Service responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The pedestrian, a man in his 50s, had reportedly been involved in a collision with a car and was initially knocked unconscious. When ambulance staff arrived he had a reduced level of consciousness and the team worked to carry out a top to toe assessment of the man. They found he had sustained a number of serious injuries which required immediate treatment on scene. Once in a stable condition, the man was immobilised with a spinal board and pelvic splint and taken on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further trauma care.”
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A pedestrian has suffered serious injuries after a collision with a lorry

Monday 13th August 2018 – 4.05pm – Murray MacGregor.

A pedestrian has been taken to a major trauma centre in a critical condition after a collision with a light goods vehicle.

The incident happened at about 1.40pm on Hagley Road in the Harborne area of Birmingham

An ambulance that was transporting a patient to hospital came across the incident shortly after it had happened.  A second ambulance, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a doctor on board were also sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance crews arrived, they found a middle-aged man who had suffered very significant injuries.

“The man was treated at the scene by ambulance staff.  He was immobilised before being anaesthetised by the doctor and was then taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

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Lorry crash on M6

Thursday 9th August 2018 – 9.25am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has been taken to hospital after a crash on the M6 that saw a lorry leave the motorway and crash into trees on the embankment.

The crash happened at about 2.30am this morning within junction 13.

An ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found an articulated lorry that had left the motorway to the nearside and was against the trees on the embankment.

“The driver was unable to get out until firefighters had stabilised the vehicle. He was then helped out of the cab by ambulance staff.

“The 63 year old was assessed at the scene and treated for a head injury and was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.”

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A pilot has been airlifted to hospital after a microlight crash

Wednesday 8th August 2018 – 8.40am – Murray MacGregor.

A pilot has suffered multiple injuries after the microlight he was in crash landed.

It happened at Charity Farm off Main Road in Baxterley near Atherstone in Warwickshire at just after 6.30pm on Tuesday evening.

The Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire was first on scene and was backed up by an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they were told that the microlight had hit the ground before crashing into a metal fence.

“The pilot, a middle-aged man was initially trapped in the wreckage.  Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to free him.

“He had suffered serious injuries.  He was treated with advanced trauma care, had splints put in place, was immobilised and was given pain relief before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire to a waiting trauma team.  His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Warwickshire

Tuesday 7th August 2018 – 10.40am – Claire Brown.

A man received trauma care by ambulance staff after coming off his motorcycle in the early hours of today in Bedworth.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Bedworth Road in Bulkington, Bedworth, shortly after 1.30am this morning (Tuesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcyclist, a man in his 30s, in a ditch at the side of the road after reportedly colliding with a lamppost. Ambulance staff assessed the man and found he had sustained a serious neck injury. He was given pain relief before the team carefully worked to immobilise him before lifting him out of the ditch. Once stabilised the man was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.”

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Teenager injured in Handsworth RTC

Tuesday 7th August 2018 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A teenage boy was involved in a road traffic collision with a car in Handsworth last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Benson Road and Willes Road in Handsworth shortly before 6.30pm yesterday (Monday). An ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene and arrived within five minutes of the 999 call being made.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a pedestrian, a 13-year-old boy, who had been involved in a collision with a car. Upon assessment, ambulance staff found he had sustained a suspected head injury and a serious leg injury in the collision. The boy was given pain relief to ease his discomfort and his leg was carefully immobilised with a vacuum splint before he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Bystander CPR may have saved a driver’s life

Monday 6th August 2018 – 9.55am – Murray MacGregor.

The life of a driver whose car crashed into the stone wall of a barn may have been saved by the swift action of passers-by who went to her aid and started CPR.

The crash happened just before 12.30am this morning near The Old Post Office in Bucknell, near the Shropshire / Herefordshire / Welsh border.

Two ambulances, one from Wales and the other from West Midlands attended the scene along with a West Midlands paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival ambulance staff found a woman in her 50s who had been pulled from the wreckage of the car she was in with excellent CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) being carried out.

“Ambulance staff took over and managed to get the woman breathing again for herself.  She was immobilised before the crew set off towards the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“However, due to the serious nature of her multiple injuries, the Emergency Operations Centre got the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic to rendezvous with the crew near Ludlow.

“Once on board they anaesthetised the woman and provided advanced clinical care while the journey on blue lights continued.

“Once again, the actions of those at the scene have given a patient a chance at survival that they otherwise might not have had.  We would urge everyone to learn how to carry out CPR – you never know when you could be called upon to use the skill to save a life of a friend, loved one or total stranger.”

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Man dies in tractor RTC in Shrewsbury

Tuesday 3rd August 2018 – 5.00pm – Claire Brown.

A man has died in a road traffic collision involving a tractor in Shrewsbury.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly before 1.30pm this afternoon to near the B4371 in Hughley, Shrewsbury. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived on scene to find a tractor driver, a man, in cardiac arrest following a road traffic collision on a narrow lane. Passers-by and colleagues from the fire service were already performing CPR on the man when crews arrived. Ambulance staff took over resuscitation efforts however, sadly, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later on scene.”

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Two children airlifted and three adults taken to hospital after car and van collide

Wednesday 1st August 2018 – 4.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two children have been airlifted to hospital and three adults have been taken by land ambulance following a collision between a car and a van this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A4169 in Dawley Hamlets, Telford, at 12.29pm and sent four ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Welsh Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered five patients and the two vehicles which had both suffered significant front-end damage in the collision.

“There were two children amongst the injured, a young boy and a young girl.

“The girl was treated for abdominal and shoulder injuries, immobilised and given pain relief before being airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“The boy had suffered chest and shoulder injuries, was also immobilised and given pain relief before being flown to the same hospital.

“From the same car, a man in his 40s, was treated for head, chest and leg injuries, whilst a woman in her 30s suffered facial, arm and leg injuries. They were both given pain relief and taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“The driver of the van, a man in his 40s, was treated for minor hand and abdominal injuries and taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital as a precaution.”

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Incredibly lucky escape following helicopter crash

Wednesday 1st August 2018 – 4.05pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Ambulance crews have described two patients as ‘incredibly lucky’ after they walked away from a helicopter crash without serious injury this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a helicopter that had crash landed in a field next to Naunton Road in Naunton Beauchamp, Upper Snodsbury, Worcestershire, at 1.54pm. One ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On our arrival, the two occupants, a man and a woman, had managed to get themselves out and were sitting away from the helicopter.

“The woman was treated for back and abdominal pain, given pain relief and transported to Worcester Royal Hospital by land ambulance.

“The man suffered minor bumps and bruises in the incident and was discharged at the scene.

“Given the incident had the potential for a far more serious outcome, it is pleasing that both patients have been incredibly lucky to walk away relatively unhurt.”

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