Six to hospital after Edgbaston RTC

Amy Stubbs – Wednesday 31st May 2023 – 3.45pm

Six people are in hospital after a collision involving a car and a bus in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Pershore Road in Edgbaston at 1.07pm.

Four ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews discovered the driver of the car, a man, was in a critical condition.

“Ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life-support before conveying him on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for continued treatment.

“Two male passengers of the bus were treated by ambulance staff for potentially serious injuries and taken to the same hospital for further treatment.

“A female passenger was treated by medics for injuries not believed to be serious and taken to Birmingham Women’s Hospital for further treatment.

“A child from onboard the bus was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with minor injuries.

“A sixth patient, who was the female passenger of the car, was assessed by ambulance staff but did not require hospital treatment. She was given self-care advice before being discharged at the scene.”

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House Fire in Evesham

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 30th May 2023 – 5pm.

Two people have been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries following a house fire in Evesham today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the fire service to a fire at a private property in Honeybourne, Evesham at 12.18pm today.

Three ambulances, one paramedic officer, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), the Midland Air Ambulance from Strensham, the Midland Air Ambulance from Cosford and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival at the scene we found a woman and a child who had been extricated from the property by the fire service.

“They were assessed and had sustained life-threatening injuries. Ambulance staff administered advanced life support to them at the scene.

“The woman was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham by land ambulance for further treatment.

“The child was conveyed to Birmingham Children’s Hospital by air ambulance for further treatment.”

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Ambulance on blue lights at night

Serious Collision in Whittington

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 30th May 2023 – 08.15am.

Two patients have been taken to hospital with life threatening injuries following a collision in Whittington, Staffordshire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a road traffic collision involving a car and two pedestrians at the junction of Marsh Lane and Whittington Common Road at 10.20pm last night.

Three ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and the Air Ambulance Service Critical Care Car attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival at the scene we found two women who were pedestrians.

“They were assessed by ambulance staff at the scene and had sustained life-threatening injuries.

“Ambulance staff administered advanced life support and advanced trauma care to them at the scene.

“The two women were conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further treatment.

“The driver of the car did not require treatment from ambulance staff.”

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Fatal Collision in Stoke-on-Trent

Amy Stubbs – Friday 26th May 2023 – 11.10am

A man has sadly died after an incident in Stoke-on-Trent yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of collision involving two cars on Bull Lane in Brindley Ford at 4.27pm on Thursday 25th May.

Three ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car from Cosford and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews discovered the driver of the first car, a man, was in a critical condition.

“Ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life-support but unfortunately, despite everyone’s best efforts, it soon became apparent that he could not be saved and was confirmed dead at the scene.

“Two patients from the second car were assessed by medics. A woman was treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.

“A female child was assessed by ambulance crews for minor injuries before being discharged at the scene.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured

Murray MacGregor – Wednesday 24th May 2023 – 9.55am.

A pedestrian has suffered potentially life changing injuries after a collision with a car.

The collision happened at just after 11.00pm on Blackwell Road in Barnt Green, Worcestershire.

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 a man who had suffered multiple injuries. 

“He was assessed and treated at the scene before being taken on blue lights to the Major Trauma Centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctor travelled with the ambulance crew due to the seriousness of the patient’s condition.

“No-one in the car was injured.”

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Rugby stars urge everyone to give CPR a try

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 23rd May 2023 – 2pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has teamed up with some of the country’s top rugby stars to launch a video aimed at encouraging everyone to give CPR a try.

The video, which will be played to 80,000 fans on the big screens at Twickenham on Saturday during the Gallagher Premiership Final Rugby Union final between Saracens and Sale, sees players from clubs throughout the league press home hard-hitting facts about CPR before encouraging everyone to give it a go.

The important messaging contained within the video is aimed to improve the outcome for the 30,000 adults who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year.

With only one in ten surviving through to hospital discharge, and over a third of UK adults not knowing how to do CPR, raising awareness is imperative, which is why the chance to play the message to 80,000 fans at the weekend, as well as all of those who see it being played in fan villages, is a fantastic opportunity.

Andy Jeynes, Head of Community Response at West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “Cardiac arrests in sport have unfortunately become big news over the last few years and that is why the chance to create this video, in partnership with Premiership Rugby, was an incredible opportunity for us to get this important message out to so many people.

“Of course, we hope the fans enjoy their day out on Saturday and enjoy a great game of rugby, but hopefully, lots of them will also see the video, gain more of an understanding of why CPR is important and put themselves in a position in the future, to be able to give it a go.

“Finally, I would like to thank Jon Essex and Paul Telfer for their incredible contributions in making the video. Sadly, Paul passed away recently following a short illness and it is a great shame he will not be here to see what I’m sure will be a fantastic reaction. Whilst we all miss him, I am confident his work will have a lasting impact on many, which is the best possible tribute we can pay him.”

The video was directed by Steve Hart, a Community First Responder who volunteers for West Midlands Ambulance Service, often attending patients who are in cardiac arrest, so fully understands the importance of CPR.

Steve said: “For every minute that someone is in cardiac arrest without CPR or use of a defibrillator, their chance of surviving falls by ten percent.

“That is why it is so important as many people as possible learn how to do CPR or refresh their knowledge if it has been a long time since they learnt, you never know when it will be your turn to try and save a life.

“We are incredibly grateful to Premiership Rugby and all of the players for getting involved in making this video, which will hopefully encourage many rugby fans to research and learn this lifesaving skill.”

The Trust is hoping to replicate this project with other teams and sport disciplines and would loke to hear from organisers who can help make this campaign reach our sporting fans across the UK. If interested, please email pressoffice@wmas.nhs.uk.

Notes to Editors:

Andy Jeynes and Steve Hart are available for interview, please contact 01384 215560 to arrange.

The video is available to download here. Please credit West Midlands Ambulance Service and Premiership Rugby if used.

Players who feature in the video are:

Dan Cole – Leicester Tigers

Joe Marchant – Harlequins

Henry Slade – Exeter Chiefs

George Skivington – Gloucester (Head Coach)

Tommy Freeman – Northampton Saints

Ruaridh McConnochie – Bath

Steven Luatua – Bristol Bears

Ollie Hassell-Collins – London Irish

Sean Robinson – Newcastle Falcons

George Ford – Sale Sharks

Manu Tuilagi – Sale Sharks

Alex Goode – Saracens

Fatal RTC in Stourport

Amy Stubbs – Tuesday 23rd May 2023 – 11.00am

A man has sadly died after a road traffic collision in Stourport on Severn this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Minster Road at 7.56am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews discovered one car had been involved in a collision and the driver, a man, was in a critical condition.

“Ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life-support but unfortunately, despite everyone’s best efforts, it soon became apparent that he could not be saved and was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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The grass is greener, the sky is more blue.

Elena Lewis – 22nd May 2023 – 2:20pm.

For Paul Brain, 2020 could have ended very differently after he suffered a cardiac arrest in December, but thanks to the lifesaving interventions of West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) paramedics Tugce Yilmaz and Darren Neeld, he survived and returned home to his family at the end of January.

Mr Brain, a liver transplant and cancer survivor was only 67 at the time of his cardiac arrest, thankfully recognising the strong chest pains he was suffering as a need to call 999 for help. At the time of the call he thought he was suffering a heart attack, but he went on to arrest in front of ambulance staff.

During an emotional reunion with Tugce and Darren, Mr Brain, from Castle Bromwich, said: “I have been waiting more than two years for this moment, when I get to thank you for saving my life.

“I suffered a further cardiac arrest in hospital, as well as a stroke.

“I have now recovered with no ill effects whatsoever, but none of this would have been possible if it were not for their fast and professional actions, and hard work.

“I appreciate how beautiful the blue sky is and how green the grass is every day now, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Mr Brain’s wife added: “Thank you for giving me this extra time with my husband.

“I want all frontline ambulance staff to know how much we appreciate what they do, we really do!”

Only 1 in 10 people survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, as any delay to administering CPR majorly decreases the chance of survival. Tugce recognised the impact of being able to administer CPR straight away had on saving Mr Brain’s life: “This case is forever seared in my memory, as many cases we attend are unremarkable but this one will stay with me forever.

“To find out that there has been such a happy outcome means the world to me, and it has reminded me that the job we do can be so important to people”.

Knowing the signs of a heart attack and the signs of a cardiac arrest can save people’s lives, as well as being able to affectively administer CPR. Would you know how to give lifesaving CPR? For more information on CPR click the link here.

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Link for information on CPR Learn how to save a life – CPR | British Heart Foundation – BHF

Link for cardiac arrest information https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/conditions/cardiac-arrest

Link for heart attack information https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/conditions/heart-attack

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Fatal house fire

Jamie Arrowsmith– Friday 19th May 2023 – 11.10am

A woman has died and a man has been taken to hospital following a house fire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Ragley Mill Lane, Alcester, at 5.48am and sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a woman, who had been rescued from the property by colleagues from the fire service.

“Sadly, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A second patient, a man, was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation before being taken to the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch.”

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Fatal Collision in Whitchurch

Amy Stubbs – Thursday 18th May 2023 – 4.53pm

A man has sadly died after an RTC in Whitchurch this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a motorbike and a car on the A49 near Prees Heath Common Nature Reserve in Prees Heath at 1.38pm.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews discovered the motorcyclist, a man, in a critical condition.

“Ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support but sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, it became apparent that he could not be saved and was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The driver of the car, a woman, was cut free from the vehicle with the assistance of fire colleagues before being assessed by medics.

“She was treated for potentially serious injuries before being airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.

“A third patient, the female passenger of the car, was treated by ambulance staff for injuries not believed to be serious before being conveyed by land ambulance to the same hospital for further treatment.”

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Motorcyclist Fatally Injured in M6 RTC

Amy Stubbs – Thursday 18th May 2023 – 1.20pm

A motorcyclist has sadly died after an RTC on the M6 this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a motorbike and a lorry on the M6 Southbound between junctions 10A and 10 at 8.16am

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor and critical care paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a motorbike and a lorry had been involved in a collision and the motorcyclist, a man, was in a critical condition.

“Ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support but sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, it became apparent that he could not be saved and was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Fatal Incident in Stourport

Amy Stubbs – Thursday 18th May 2023 – 10.15am

A man has sadly died after an incident in Stourport on Severn last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a person in the water at Larford Lakes in Astley at 6.58pm yesterday (Wednesday 17th May).

Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews discovered one patient, a man, had been pulled from the water by police colleagues and was in a critical condition.

“Ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life-support but unfortunately, despite everyone’s best efforts, it soon became apparent that he could not be saved and was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Fatal Collision in Birmingham

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 17th May – 08.30am

A man has unfortunately died following a road traffic collision in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a road traffic collision involving a car and a cyclist on Belgrave Middleway in Birmingham at 2.08pm yesterday.

Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and the Midland Air Ambulance Critical Care Car attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival at the scene we found a man who was the cyclist.

“He was assessed and was in a critical condition. Ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support to him.

“Unfortunately, despite their best efforts it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

“The driver of the car did not require treatment.”

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Serious Collision in Shropshire

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 16th May 2023 – 3.45pm.

Three patients have been taken to hospital, two with life threatening injuries after a collision in Winnington Green, nearby to the Welsh border this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a road traffic collision involving a car and a lorry on the A458 Middletown Welshpool, Shrewsbury at 11.04am today.

Three ambulances, one paramedic officer, the Midland Air Ambulance from Cosford, the Midland Air Ambulance from Tatenhill and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival at the scene we found three patients who were a woman and a child from the car and a man who was the driver of the lorry.

“The woman who was the driver of the car was extricated from the vehicle by the fire service. She was assessed by ambulance staff and had sustained life threatening injuries.

“The child who was a passenger in the car was assessed by ambulance staff and had sustained life-threatening injuries.

“Ambulance staff administered advanced trauma care to them both at the scene.

“The woman was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital by air and the child was conveyed by air to Birmingham Children’s Hospital by air for further treatment. ”

“The driver of the lorry had sustained serious injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening injuries. He received treatment from ambulance staff at the scene.

“He was conveyed to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further assessment.”

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Thank you for saving my life

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 15th May 2023 – 10.40am.

A man who suffered a cardiac arrest, shortly after having a heart attack, has been reunited with the ambulance crew who came to his aid.

Jim Crosswell, from Bedworth, was walking home on 16th February when he began experiencing chest pains, but thankfully was able to call 999 on his mobile phone before collapsing in the street.

Having just booked on duty at Coventry Hub, an ambulance crew consisting of Jason Hardcastle (paramedic), Simon Lees (technician) and Holly Castle (student paramedic from Coventry University) arrived quickly on the scene, to find Jim clutching on to a wall and clearly in a serious condition.

The crew quickly diagnosed that Jim was having a heart attack and began treatment whilst rapidly transferring him to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

However, Jim’s conditioned worsened enroute to hospital as he suffered a cardiac arrest, but thankfully the quick actions of Jason, Simon and Holly meant they quickly restarted his heart.

Jim rearrested a number of times whilst transferring to the Emergency Department at hospital, where hospital staff worked with the ambulance crew to restart his heart once again.

Jim, and his son Paul, are under no doubt the actions of the ambulance crew saved his life that day, and they were thrilled to be reunited recently, to say thank you, pass on gifts and ultimately learn more about the day that understandably, is one the patient has very little recollection of.

Jim said: “It was only right that we say thanks for the very special and selfless work the NHS as a whole do, every day and for saving my life.

“We will always forever grateful for the opportunity to spend more time together as a family.

“To have an ambulance service whose staff are as dedicated, motivated and compassionate in caring for others, when they are at their lowest and most vulnerable time, is incredibly reassuring.”

Coventry Operations Manager, Steve Hargreaves, said: “It was a very special and emotive moment for Jim and Paul to meet and speak to the very people that, in their opinion, were angels.

“A very big well done to the crew for the excellent level of care they provided in this case.

“What is of particularly note is that for Holly, this was the first time she had witnessed this clinical scenario and level of treatment so it was fantastic that were all able to see Jim in hospital, albeit briefly, later that day, sitting up looking a lot better than he did when they had been called out to him earlier in the day.”

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Notes to Editors:

Pictured (L-R) – Paul Crosswell (son of patient); Jason Hardcastle (paramedic), Jim Crosswell (patient); Holly Castle (student paramedic), Simon Lees (technician). If used, please credit the image to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Celebrating Our Staff Networks

Shaunna Farley – Friday 12th May 2023 – 1.50pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is proud to be celebrating five staff networks across the Trust this week for National Staff Networks Day.

Staff Networks Day, which was held on Wednesday, is a time to celebrate the diversity and inclusivity that these networks bring to the workplace, and the efforts that they make to make the organisation an even more diverse and inclusive place.

Each Network and the designated Chair works towards supporting staff and giving them opportunities to develop their skills, find a sense of collective at work and giving them a voice within the organisation.

The groups have been created to offer a space for individual members of staff to come together to share common interests, experiences and challenges while also providing the opportunity for employees to connect and establish relationships with colleagues within the organisation.

People Director, Carla Beechey said: “I’d like to thank all of our Network Chair’s and all of our members within our networks for everything they do in their contributions and valuable input in the work that they are driving forward.

“We’re pleased to say that as of this year we can support our Networks further, with each network now having a designated HR Buddy and an Executive Sponsor to support them and the networks in their work within the organisation.

“All of the networks do a great job and I would encourage everyone to get involved with one that they feel would support them effectively.”

The Networks within the Trust include:

ONE Network

The ONE Network is the identifying name for the West Midlands Ambulance Service Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) support group for all staff who identify from this background including allies who are supportive of the aims of this network

PROUD Network

The Proud Network is the West Midlands Ambulance Service Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans Network. The network supports any staff who identify as being LGBT+ or those who consider themselves to be supportive allies and encourages staff to be their authentic selves.

Women’s Network

The Women’s Network aims to ensure that staff who identify as women, and advocates of women, feel supported as well as providing support and inspiration to others as well as an opportunity to learn from each other and network.

Disability, Carers and Advocates Network

The Disability, Carers and Advocates Network (DCA) aims to promote a disability positive environment for all staff who are disabled and provide mutual support for staff with disabilities which are hidden or apparent, and also those who have carer responsibilities.

Military Network

The Trust Armed Forces Network is open to all and not just limited to those who serve or have served encourages anyone who wants to be involved whether they have friends or family in the military, parents, grandparents or children who have served or just an interest in the armed forces and coming together as a network.

For more information regarding Staff Networks within the Trust, and for further details for staff who wish to join visit our website here.

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Fatal collision in Kidderminster

Amy Stubbs – Thursday 11th May 2023 – 11.10am.

Three people have died following a road traffic collision last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Callow Hill in Kidderminster at 10.17pm and sent four ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews discovered two cars had been involved in a collision.

“Sadly, it quickly became apparent that the two adults and child who were in the first car could not be saved and they were confirmed dead at the scene.

“A woman and two children from the second car were treated by ambulance staff for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Worcester Royal Hospital for further treatment.”

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Motorcyclist fatally injured

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 11th May 2023 – 8.55am.

A man has died following a collision between a car and a motorbike last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Broome Lane and Stourbridge Road in Stourbridge at 10.57pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered a man, the motorcyclist, in a critical condition.

“Ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support but sadly, despite their 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 was also assessed before being discharged at the scene.”

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Fatal RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 5th May 2023 – 9.40am.

A woman has died and three other patients required hospital treatment following a two-car RTC last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A4091 in Drayton Bassett at 11.03pm and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered two cars that had suffered significant damage in the incident and a total of four patients.

“The driver of one of the cars, a woman, was found to have suffered serious injuries in the collision. Sadly, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The driver of the second car, a man, was found to be in a critical condition and received specialist trauma care at the scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“A further man and woman, passengers from the two cars, were treated for serious injuries before being to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham and University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, respectively.”

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Crash leaves one car on its roof and another on it’s side

Murray MacGregor – Thursday 4th May 2023 – 6.15pm.

Four patients have been treated after a three car crash that left one car on its’s side and another on it’s roof.

The incident happened on the slip road from the A500 at the Etruria Valley Junction at just after 3.30pm on Thursday afternoon.

Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and a North Staffs BASICS Emergency Doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We took two patients to Royal Stoke University Hospital from the car that was on it’s side.  An elderly man was taken on blue lights, while a woman received less serious injuries.

A middle aged man from the car on it’s roof was assessed by ambulance staff and was subsequently discharged at the scene.

A fourth patient, a member of the public who had gone to help those injured in the crash suffered a minor injury whilst doing so.  He was treated and discharged.

Ambulance staff did not assess anyone from the third car.

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