Fatality on M40 lastnight

Claire Brown. Tuesday 22nd September 2020 – 3.30pm

The Trust can confirm that one man died and five other people were injured following two separate RTCs on the same stretch of the M40 in Warwickshire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was initially called to the northbound carriageway of the M40 between junctions 12 and 13, Leamington Spa, at 11.05pm (Monday) to reports of a collision involving multiple vehicles. Two paramedic officers, four ambulances and a critical care paramedic from the Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found the driver of one HGV, a man, with serious injuries. Ambulance staff worked closely with fire service colleagues to carefully extricate him from the vehicle whilst he continued to receive trauma care from the team of ambulance staff. Once released, the man was taken by ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care.

“The driver of a second HGV and the driver of a car were out of their vehicles and had suffered minor injuries. Both were taken to Warwick Hospital. The driver of a third HGV was discharged on scene.”

At 0.25am (Tuesday), the service received a second 999 call reporting a separate RTC on the same stretch of the northbound carriageway of the M40, this time just before Warwick Services. An ambulance, paramedic officer and a vehicle from South Central Ambulance Service were responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Sadly, it quickly became apparent to ambulance staff that nothing could be done to save the driver of one HGV, a man, and he was confirmed dead on scene. The driver of a second HGV, a man, was described as ‘walking wounded’ and received treatment on scene before being taken to Warwick Hospital. A car driver involved in the collision, who had suffered minor injuries, was assessed by SCAS colleagues before being discharged on scene.”

ENDS

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