A man has sadly died and two others have been assessed by ambulance staff following a road traffic collision in Birmingham this morning.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an RTC involving a car and a van at the junction of Mayfield Road and Fox Hollies Road, Acocks Green at 8.50am today (Thursday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a critical care paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor and paramedic on board attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a van on its side with a passenger trapped. Ambulance staff worked quickly with fire colleagues to release the passenger, a man, but sadly nothing could be done to save him, and he was confirmed dead on scene.
“The drivers of both the van and the car, two men, were assessed by ambulance staff on scene but neither required hospital treatment and were both discharged on scene.”
West Midland Ambulance Service’s Stoke Hub Football Club has secured a community defibrillator after working together with the Henry Angell-James Memorial Trust (HAJMT).
The football team train and play at Norton Sports, Community Drive, Stoke on Trent and after successfully applying to HAJMT for a defib to be donated, they have installed it at the community sports club, which also hosts Stoke City Ladies, Staffordshire Police FC and hundreds of youngsters who enjoy a kickabout on a weekly basis.
The defibrillator will not only be available to those using the sports facilities, it will be available 24/7 to nearby residents and the local community, should it ever be needed in the case of someone suffering a cardiac arrest.
Stoke Hub FC manager Matt Harrison, said: “With recent events from the European Championships fresh in everyone’s mind when Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch, it is more important than ever for people to think about installing defibrillators in community areas.
“We had already started the process of trying to obtain a defibrillator before that happened as it is not only ourselves who play here, there are hundreds of members of the local community who play their football here every week and whilst we hope it is never needed to be use, it might just save a life one day.”
The defibrillator was donated by HAJMT, a Trust set up with the idea of helping to install them at key locations across the West Midlands and beyond, whether that is at sports grounds, schools train stations or the village sweet shop.
HAJMT Chairman, Sally Angell-James, said: “We are delighted to have been able to provide a defib to Stoke Hub Football Club as they do a huge amount of good work in their local community and they came to us with such a good proposal, there was no way we could say no.”
WMAS Community Response Manager, Cliff Medlicott, said: “In the case of a sudden cardiac arrest, the definitive care is good basic life support and use of a defibrillator. For every minute that your heart stops beating and you stop breathing, your survival rate reduces by 10%. The quicker good basic life support and and a defibrillator can be applied, the better chance of survival that patient has.”
HAJMT accepts applications for defibrillator donations through their website at www.hajmt.co.uk. Not every application will be successful, but the Trust does put a focus on helping areas of the community obtain a defibrillator that may find it difficult to obtain one through self-funding. You can also make a donation to HAJMT by visiting the website.
Notes to Editors:
Picture one (l-r)- Ryan Harrison (WMAS Stoke FC), Sally Angell-James (Henry Angell-James Memorial Trust), Matt Harrison (WMAS Stoke FC)
Picture two – Mick Clewes (Norton Sports Chairman), Sally Angell-James (Henry Angell-James Memorial Trust), Cliff Medlicott (WMAS Community Response Manager), Matt Harrison (WMAS Stoke FC), Ryan Harrison (WMAS Stoke FC).
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Murray MacGregor – Monday 26th July 2021 – 2.35pm.
People in the West Midlands are being urged to make use of 111 online for medical advice, with demand for 999 calls increasing dramatically.
Demand for the 999 service has risen by more than 50% compared to levels that would normally be expected at this time of year. The 111 Online service offers patients advice on the best option for them to get the care they need, including getting a call back from a trained clinician, booking them an appointment in A&E or providing advice on how to help them recover.
Last week, West Midlands Ambulance Service received 40,839 emergency calls compared to just 25,870 for the same week in 2019 before the pandemic – an astonishing rise of 57.9% and the busiest week ever!
Call handlers have reported some extraordinary 999 calls in recent days for non-emergency issues such as sunburn, someone who had been scratched by a cat and a case of someone whose eczema that was particularly itchy. While all may have needed clinical help, they were not appropriate for a 999 call.
West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “We are rightly prioritising those patients that are the sickest or most severely injured; everyone who needs an ambulance will get one, but in some cases there are some patients who could access the care they need using other options other than dialling 999.
“Our ambulance crews, 999 and 111 call handlers, volunteers and the many other teams who ensure we can respond to patients as quickly as possible, are working flat out as we see increase demand for our services.
“As has been the case throughout the pandemic, the public can play their part by using 111 online for urgent advice but calling 999 in life threatening cases
“I would also ask that patients and their loved ones also only call us back if the patient’s condition worsens, not to check what time their ambulance will arrive. We simply can’t tell you the answer and while we are answering that call it may delay us answering a call such as a cardiac arrest where every second counts.”
The public is still being encouraged to contact 999 if they experience:
A cardiac arrest where the patient is unconscious and not breathing
Signs of a heart attack e.g. a pain like a heavy weight in the centre of your chest
Signs of stroke such as the face drooping on one side or weakness on one side
Heavy bleeding that won’t stop
Sudden and rapid swelling of the eyes, lips, throat or tongue
A number of factors are thought to be contributing to the rise in calls including the warmer weather, an increase in COVID-19 transmission rates in the community, an increase in the public spending time outside as restrictions ease and hospital pressures mean crews aren’t able to offload patients quickly which has a knock-on effect on the Trust’s ability to get to patients quickly.
Mr Marsh added: “This is a really tough time for ambulance staff and the volunteers who support us, who are working round the clock to deal with the huge increase in call numbers, and I’d like to pay tribute to their continued efforts to ensure patients get the care they need.
“With pressure on services still high, the public can help us to help them by using 111 online to get medical advice, and of course the most important thing we can all do at the moment is get the COVID-19 vaccine – both doses – which protects us, our families and friends and will help to reduce pressure on the NHS as well.”
“Our staff and volunteers never fail to amaze me with their dedication to ensuring we overcome the challenges that are thrown at us.”
The words of West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, ahead of the Trust’s Annual General Meeting later this week. The meeting, which will be held online for the second year due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic will provide a review of 2020-21 and also look ahead to the rest of the current year and beyond.
Chief among the review will be the extraordinary lengths that staff and volunteers, from all sections of the organisation, went to during the height of the pandemic. It will also review the Trust’s Quality Account and financial statements.
The meeting takes place via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday (28th July) at 4.00pm and provides an opportunity for members of the public to meet with the Board of Directors, representatives from the Council of Governors and staff from the service.
Mr Marsh said: “There is no question that 2020-2021 was the most difficult year ever for the service and the NHS as a whole because of the pandemic. It was a year where we’ve recruited hundreds of additional frontline staff: in our control rooms; paramedics on ambulances; students who joined us from university; and volunteers who assisted us in a variety of roles. Together, we were able to provide a first rate response to the most pressure we have ever felt, thus saving countless lives.
“The outstanding professionalism, continued dedication and hard work from staff and volunteers is something everyone in the West Midlands should be proud of; I know I am.”
WMAS Chairman, Prof, Ian Cumming, added: “There is no question that 2020-21 was a year that saw unprecedented challenges for the NHS. When I was appointed as the new Chairman of the Trust towards the end of 2019, little could I have imagined what a first year it would be.
“In my experience, ambulance staff are generally very modest people who see the most difficult and demanding task as part of their job. Nothing could have prepared us for last year and our staff and volunteers should be justifiably proud of the part they all played.
“Thank you for all you have done for WMAS and our patients. Sadly, I fear that your skills will be called upon many more times more during the current year as the pandemic continues.
“I would also pay tribute to the role that our Council of Governors has played in helping the Trust achieve some of its goals as well as capture feedback from patients about their experiences of using our services.”
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Ambulance crews, critical care paramedics and doctors worked as a team to administer advanced trauma care to a man involved in a serious road traffic collision yesterday.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Bloxwich Road in Walsall at 3:44pm on Thursday to the incident involving a cyclist and bus. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the West Midlands CARE Team, and the Midlands Air Ambulance critical care car and Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill attended.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find the cyclist, a man, in a serious condition with potentially life changing injuries.
“Staff administered advanced trauma care to the man, and he was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on blue lights and sirens for further treatment. The West Midlands CARE Team and Midlands Air Ambulance crew travelled onboard, continuing with treatment on route.
“The bus driver was assessed and discharged at the scene.”
Two police officers have received treatment from the ambulance service following an incident in West Bromwich this morning.
West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from West Midlands Police at 11.42am to reports of two police officers who had been assaulted in New Square Shopping Centre, West Bromwich. An ambulance, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with medics on board attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find two male police officers with non-serious injuries. They were given treatment on scene before being conveyed to hospital by land ambulance for further checks.”
Claire Brown – Wednesday 21st July 2021 – 11.00am.
A man has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Market Drayton last night.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A41 Four Crosses, Hinstock, Market Drayton at 8.15pm yesterday evening (Tuesday). An ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene they found a motorcyclist, a man, in a critical condition following a collision with a car. Crews commenced resuscitation efforts on scene but sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.
“The car driver, a man, was assessed on scene and given treatment for minor injuries before being conveyed to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further checks.”
A man has sadly died in a road traffic collision in Alcester this morning.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 7.30am to the junction of Coughton Lane and Alcester Heath, Coughton, Alcester earlier today (Monday). An ambulance, two paramedic officers, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a car which had left the road and collided with a tree. The driver, a man, was being given CPR by bystanders and fire colleagues when crews arrived. The man was given advanced life support by the team of ambulance staff at the scene but sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.”
Jordan Eggington – Friday 16th July 2021 – 8.55am.
A man has died following a collision between a car and quad bike last night.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8:35pm to the RTC on Warwick Road in Solihull. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find the quad bike rider, a man, in a critical condition.
“Staff worked quickly to administer specialised trauma care to the patient. Sadly though, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene.
“The driver of the car, a woman, was treated for minor injuries and discharged at the scene.”
Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 15th July 2021 – 8.15am.
A man has died following a collision between a car and a cyclist last night.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A46 in Alcester at 7.23pm and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered one patient, a man, who was the cyclist. Ambulance staff began treating the patient, who had suffered serious injuries in the incident.
“Sadly, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.
“The driver of the car was assessed and discharged at the scene.”
Murray MacGregor – Wednesday 14th July 2021 – 11.30am.
NHS England has announced an additional £55-million of funding for the ambulance sector to boost staff numbers ahead of winter.
In the West Midlands, that equates to £5,686,000 of extra funding, and comes at a time when the service has never been busier.
On Monday this week, the Trust received 6,406 emergency calls in a day – that is 600 more than the previous record set last week and far busier than any New Year’s Eve, traditionally the busiest day of the year. Nineteen of the 20 busiest days ever have come in the last month.
The funding is specifically designed to increase the number of 999 call handlers; put additional crews on the road; provide additional clinical support in control rooms; extend the availability of hospital ambulance liaison officers (HALO) at the most challenged acute trusts and increase the number of emergency ambulances available for the winter.
Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “This additional funding is very welcome when all ambulance services are under immense pressure.
“We have already started recruiting for additional call handlers and will work up other schemes that will allow us to make progress on meeting other key standards as soon as possible.
“At the start of the pandemic we were able to recruit hundreds of extra staff who played a key role in our ability to handle the rise in COVID-19 call numbers.
“We had people from all walks of life join us as call handlers; hundreds of students worked on our ambulances and helped to prepare the vehicles.
“Speaking to those staff, I don’t believe any of them would say that they weren’t proud to have helped keep our nation safe.
“Working for the NHS is a real privilege, and I would encourage anyone who wants a great career to think about joining us.”
Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 11th July 2021 – 3.15pm.
A woman cyclist has died following a collision with a car this morning.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Lower Rushall Street in Walsall at 10.06am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered one patient, a woman, who was the cyclist. She had suffered serious injuries in the collision and ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support.
“However, despite their best efforts it sadly became apparent nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead at the scene.
A man died following a collision between a motorbike and a car this morning.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Salters Lane and the A44 in Pershore at 6.57am and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered three patients. The motorcyclist, a man, was found to be in a critical condition and was already receiving treatment from an off-duty nurse and firefighter on our arrival.
“Ambulance staff administered advanced life support but sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.
“The driver of the car, a man, and a woman who was a passenger, were both assessed and discharged at the scene with minor injuries.”
“Your sentence will not give me back the year I lost, neither will it take away my painful and ugly scar, or the mental stress you caused. However, hopefully your sentence will be enough to act as a deterrent to others who think it is okay to attack other emergency services, when they have made a choice to simply do a job.”
Taken from Deena Evans’ Victim Impact Statement
Two paramedics, who were stabbed whilst on duty last year, hope the attacker’s sentence sends a strong message of the consequences of assaulting emergency service workers.
53-year-old Martyn Smith has today been sentenced to nine years in prison, with a five year extended licence, after pleading guilty to two counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to the pair after they were called out to his home in Wolverhampton last summer.
Shocking police bodycam footage shows the moment Mick Hipgrave and Deena Evans were attacked by Smith with two large kitchen knives as they carried out a welfare check in Stephens Close, on 6th July 2020.
Deena suffered a punctured lung in the attack and subsequently spent three days in hospital following surgery. Mick was stabbed in the back and was discharged from hospital the same day. The pair spent months off work for both their physical and mental recovery. However, the mental scars are still very much there.
The whole incident lasted about 12 seconds, from the moment Mick and Deena entered the property, to Smith being tasered. However, the devastating impact of those 12 seconds will stay with our paramedics forever.
Upon sentencing, Deena read out an extremely emotive victim impact statement directed at her attacker, some of which can be heard below.
Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “The events in Wolverhampton last summer were absolutely devastating. For two paramedics to be stabbed so horrifically whilst simply trying to help a patient is sickening. I want to commend the outstanding resilience of both Mick and Deena in their wishes to come back to work and continue to help their patients after everything they’ve been through. I admire their bravery in openly discussing the attack in order to raise awareness of the dangers paramedics and other front line emergency service workers face on a daily basis. Assaults on ambulance staff, whether it be physical or verbal, are not okay. I hope today’s sentence acts as a deterrent and sends a strong message that attacks on emergency service workers will not be tolerated. I want to also place my thanks on record to the crews who attended Mick and Deena and had the heart-breaking job of saving their lives. My gratitude also goes to the police officers at the scene. If it weren’t for their quick interventions on the day, the result could have been even worse.”
Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Nathan Hudson, added: “Our staff join the ambulance service because they want to make a difference and help people. For two paramedics to attend a job and come away with extremely serious injuries, both physically and mentally, is not okay. This is not part of the job. Over the last year 1,162 physical attacks were record on WMAS staff. Over the last five years physical attacks against our staff have risen by more than 60% while verbal assaults have more than doubled. That’s why we are rolling out body cameras for all frontline emergency crews. They will allow staff to record incidents where they feel at risk, with any recording being able to be given in evidence should an actual assault occur.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service is to rollout body cameras for all frontline emergency staff after more than 1,110 were assaulted last year. Physical attacks have risen by over 60% over the last five years, whilst verbal assaults have more than doubled. Funding of almost a million pounds from NHS England has allowed the Trust to purchase 1,288 cameras which will be sufficient for each frontline ambulance crew member to wear one.
“These people saved my life, it was so amazing to meet them.” The words of Claudio Oliveira, one of two patients lucky to be alive after suffering serious injuries in a road traffic collision last year.
Claudio and Imogen Wood who were both seriously injured in the collision which took place in August 2020 and they were delighted to be reunited with their lifesavers last month.
West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedics Roisin Morgan and Robert Armstrong were first on scene at the incident and met Claudio and Imogen at Worcester Hub after the duo had spent months recovering from their injuries.
Imogen and Claudio had been on a day out with friends and were on the way back when they were involved in a collision with a car and a lorry. Both sustained serious and life-threatening injuries.
Ordinarily, ambulance crews do not get to see the outcome of their hard work once the patient has left their care and gone into hospital, so being able to meet these patients who were so severely injured was an amazing opportunity, as Roisin explained.
She said: “We usually don’t get to see the outcomes of jobs, so we often don’t get closure, but especially a job like this where Imogen and Claudio were both so young and seriously injured, as a mother myself it stuck with me and I really hoped they were going to be ok, but thought I’d never find out.
“This made meeting them and seeing them both healthy and walking around, truly humbling,
“To think that, my work at the incident played a part in these two young people having a full life ahead of them, because of my actions, is the highlight of my career.”
Claudio said: “These people saved my life, it was so amazing to meet them.
“My memory of the whole thing was a blur so being able to see them and ask questions and tell them about how I’m recovering now was such a great feeling.”
Imogen added: “When the crew arrived, I was completely unconscious, so I have no memory of the incident happening, meaning I had no idea just how serious the collision we were involved in really was.
“Meeting Roisin and Rob and seeing how emotional they both were, and how thrilled they were to see that I’m still alive and walking around was so amazing and really made me aware of how serious the accident was and how lucky I am to be here.”
Sarah, Imogen’s mother who also attended to meet and thank the ambulance staff, added: “I’m so grateful to West Midlands Ambulance Service, the NHS and the people who make the NHS so amazing, there are not enough thank-yous in the world that I can say to them for saving my daughter’s life.”
Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 7th July 2021 – 8.00am.
A woman has died following a road traffic collision involving a car and a bus yesterday afternoon (Tuesday).
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident at the junction of the B4100 and Oakley Wood Road in Bishops Tachbrook, Leamington Spa at 4.39pm. Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Srensham attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered a woman, who was the car driver, in a critical condition. Ambulance staff administered advanced life support but sadly, despite their best efforts, and the best efforts of colleagues from the police and fire services, it became apparent nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.
“The bus driver was treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance.
“There were no other passengers on the bus at the time of the collision.”
A man has died, and two ambulance staff have been injured following a collision in Wolverhampton last night.
West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting a car had been involved in a collision with a non-emergency Patient Transport Service (PTS) ambulance on Lichfield Road, Wolverhampton shortly after 10.00pm last night (Monday). The PTS ambulance was on the way to collect a patient for non-emergency transport at the time of the collision.
Three ambulances, three paramedic officers, a senior commander and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were responded to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The first ambulance was on scene within two minutes of the 999 call and arrived to find a man, believed to be the driver of the car, in cardiac arrest. The team worked quickly to administer advanced life support to the man but sadly, despite the best efforts of ambulance crews, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.
“Meanwhile the remaining team of ambulance staff focused on assessing and treating their two PTS colleagues who had been injured in the collision. The two PTS staff, a man and a woman, were conveyed to Walsall Manor Hospital for further treatment.
“The service will be assisting West Midlands Police with its investigation into the collision.”
A motorcyclist has sadly died in a road traffic collision Atherstone last night.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a motorcyclist who had come off his bike in Watling Street, Atherstone at 6.23pm yesterday evening (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor and paramedic on board were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcyclist, a man, in a critical condition being given CPR by bystanders at the scene.
“Ambulance staff quickly took over resuscitation efforts but sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene a short time later.”
A man has sadly died after a flat fire in Coventry over the weekend.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by fire colleagues at 11:39am on Sunday to a property on Earlsdon Avenue North. Four ambulances, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), two paramedic officers and the West Midlands CARE Team attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the property to find one patient, a man, in a critical condition with bystander CPR already in progress.
“Staff took over in administering advanced trauma care to the man, but sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts nothing could be done to save him, and he was confirmed deceased on scene.”
A van driver has suffered serious injuries after an incident involving the van and two lorries.
It happened at just before 3.30am this morning (Monday) on the northbound M6 motorway between the slip roads at junction eleven.
An ambulance, two paramedic officers and the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found the van on it’s side and a lorry facing the wrong way. Ambulance staff were told that the second lorry had rear end damage.
“The van driver was rapidly extricated by ambulance and fire crews and assessed on the ambulance.
“He was treated at the scene but his condition was sufficiently serious that he was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the doctor and critical care paramedic travelling with the ambulance; medics were on standby at the hospital to receive him.
One person has been seriously injured after a road traffic collision in Solihull yesterday.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 4:43pm on Thursday to reports of an RTC involving a car and a pedestrian at the junction of New Road and Park Road in the town. One ambulance, one paramedic officer, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and the West Midlands CARE Team attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews discovered the pedestrian, a woman, who had sustained serious injuries in the collision.
“She received trauma care on scene before being conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham by land ambulance.”
A man has suffered potentially serious injuries after a single vehicle RTC in Shropshire overnight, which saw his car leave the road and end up down an embankment.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 9:36pm to reports a car had collided with some street furniture before leaving the road at the junction of the A4548 and Ludlow Road in Bridgnorth. We sent a Community First Responder, two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find the car had travelled about 15 metres down the embankment, with the driver, a man, still trapped in the vehicle.
“Fire colleagues worked to remove the roof and driver door of the car in order for crews to safely assess the patient.
“The man was treated at the scene for potentially serious injuries and was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on blue lights and sirens, with the MERIT team travelling onboard.”