Man dies and two injured after collision

Jordan Eggington – Friday 23rd October – 12.00pm.

A driver has sadly died, and two other people have been injured after a collision in Stratford Upon Avon this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 7:25am to reports of a multi vehicle RTC on the A46 in Snitterfield. Three ambulances attended, along with one paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find three vehicles involved in a collision with three patients identified, one of whom was critically ill.

“The Doctor and Critical Care Paramedic from the Critical Care Car worked quickly to administer advanced life support to the man, who was the driver of one of the cars. Unfortunately, despite best efforts, nothing could be done to save him, and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The second patient, a woman, who was driving another vehicle involved, was extricated with the assistance of fire colleagues before being treated for injuries not believed to be life threatening. She was then conveyed to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on blue lights and sirens for further treatment.

“The final patient, a woman, from another car, was treated for minor injuries and was discharged at the scene.”

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Coventry RTC involving car and pedestrian

Jordan Eggington – Friday 23rd October – 8.45am.

A girl has been treated for potentially life-threatening injuries after a collision in Coventry last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 6:05pm (Thursday) to reports of an RTC involving a car and pedestrian on Tamworth Road. Three ambulance crews, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a girl, the pedestrian, in a critical condition after coming into collision with a car, with bystander CPR already in progress. Staff then took over in administering life support to the patient whilst getting her on to the ambulance. She was then taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on blue lights and sirens with the doctor and critical care paramedic on board continuing treatment.

“The second patient, a man, believed to be the driver of the car, was also treated at the scene and conveyed to UHCW for further assessment.”

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“This has made my career.”

Shaunna Farley – Friday 16th October – 10:35am.

Crews have been reunited with a mother and her healthy baby girl whose life they helped to save earlier this year.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called when Gemma Greensmith went into labour outside of her home in Stoke at just 26 weeks back in June. Gemma gave birth to her new-born daughter, Raelyn, before paramedics arrived. Gemma and her family quickly realised Raelyn was not breathing.

Gemma said: “I was absolutely terrified and then relieved beyond belief when the ambulance arrived. Giving birth at 26 weeks in the cab of a lorry outside of my house wasn’t how I imagined it to happen at all.”

Stoke Operations Manager Ian Yates together with ambulance crew Paramedics Kirsty Lockett and Jenine Cryle quickly arrived on scene to find the family doing CPR on the newborn.

Kirsty said: “I think, when you attend jobs like that one, you just go into pilot mode. I just wanted to make sure I could reassure Gemma as much as possible while I was doing CPR on Raelyn, as understandably she was absolutely terrified.”

Jenine, her crewmate, agreed and said: “When we arrived it was very stressful as the baby was still attached to her mum, but Kirsty and I were able to work out what to do very quickly as we work together regularly.”

On their arrival at hospital, neonatal consultants told the crew that if it wasn’t for their actions, Raelyn may not have survived. After 110 days in hospital at Royal Stoke Maternity Hospital, Raelyn was discharged and able to go home.

Through a mutual friend in the ambulance service, the family were able to make contact with the team who saved Raelyn and arranged to meet, safely with social distancing in place, to say thank you.

Kirsty said: “This has absolutely made my career, nothing will ever compare to the feeling of meeting Gemma and Raelyn and seeing them happy and healthy.” Kirsty had even taken the opportunity to get some balloons and gifts for Gemma and Raelyn and she said “I’m a big softie, as soon as I heard Raelyn was healthy and being discharged, and that I had the opportunity to meet the family, I went straight out to buy them some gifts!”

Ian continued: “It’s an incredibly humbling feeling to know that you have played a part in saving a life and ordinarily, we don’t get to see what happens once we’ve handed a patient over in hospital so this experience was definitely touching.”

Jenine said: “Responding to such a terrible job and being able to get such a positive outcome is once in a life-time and this is definitely one of my proudest moments in my career.”

Kirsty added: “This year has been so hard for everyone and this happening has really bought about some positivity. I work with such an amazing team and I don’t think the outcome of this job would have happened if it weren’t for the amazing team-work from all of the people there that day.”

This story is just another reason why it’s so important to learn how to do CPR. On Restart a Heart Day, we’re encouraging everyone to learn these vital skills as it could mean the difference between a love one at home, a colleague at work or a stranger in the street living or dying. For more information, head to https://wmas.nhs.uk/restart-a-heart-day-october-16th-2020/

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Shropshire paramedics secure defibrillator ahead of RAHD

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 15th October – 12pm.

Shropshire paramedics Sarah and Trish Johnson know all too well the benefits of having Public Access Defibrillators (PAD) within communities, which is why they thought it so important to gain one within their own local area.

There are several public access Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in Ludlow, but none that could be accessed within an acceptable time frame in the Dinham area to the west of Ludlow, which includes their allotment site, the Cliffe Hotel and the Cliff Park site.

Along with former West Midlands Ambulance Service Clinical Team Mentor, Joy Hughes, the ladies thought it would be an ideal location to place an AED which could be accessed easily from all three sites. Joy has very kindly funded the equipment in loving memory of her father, David.

As the allotments are unpowered, they looked to their neighbouring sites to host the unit as it needed to be installed in a heated cabinet. The Cliff Park have very kindly arranged to have the unit installed in the next few weeks. In the meantime, the AED is already on site and available for ‘Restart a Heart Day’ tomorrow (Friday 16th October).

Sarah Johnson (pictured with Cliff Park Warden Keith Bell) said: “Ludlow has a strong community spirit and the collaboration between the Cliff Park, Wigley’s Field allotments, WMAS and the very kind donation in memory of David Hughes means we will be able to provide a Public Access Defibrillator in the Dinham area. We are delighted that this will be in place for ‘Restart a Heart Day’, which further highlights the importance of early CPR and defibrillation in out of hospital cardiac arrests.”

There are thousands of Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) sites across the West Midlands and in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest, if you are close to a PAD site the ambulance call handler will direct you to its location. If you are alone, collect the defibrillator first before starting CPR.

Using an AED

You can get in touch with your local ambulance service for advice about placing a defibrillator in your area by emailing CFRAdmin@wmas.nhs.uk.

Multiple fatalities in Black Country RTC

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 14th October – 9am.

A man and two teenage girls have sadly died after a single vehicle RTC in Kingswinford last night.

The service was called by police at 8:54pm (Tuesday) to Bromley Lane to a car which had been in collision with a tree. We sent six ambulances, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car, the MERIT car with a doctor and critical care paramedic on board, a BASICS emergency doctor, as well as three paramedic officers. The first resource arrived on scene three minutes after the initial call was taken.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find a car had hit a tree, with five patients involved.

“Sadly, it soon became clear nothing could be done to save the driver of the car, a man, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Despite best efforts of staff, two teenage girls who were back seat passengers in the vehicle were also confirmed deceased at the scene.

“The front seat passenger, a teenage boy was treated for life threatening injuries at the scene before being conveyed on blue lights and sirens to the Major Trauma Centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.

“The final back seat passenger, a teenage girl, was treated for potentially life-threatening injuries and was also conveyed on blue lights and sirens to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further treatment.

“Our thoughts go out to the families of all those involved at this time.”

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Student Paramedic makes marathon effort for knife crime charity

Jordan Eggington – Monday 28th September – 9am.

“When you look into it, you realise just how many victims of knife crime there are out there.”

After what probably feels like the longest training period in history, Student Paramedic Amber Barrett is poised and ready to take part in this year’s Virtual London Marathon on Sunday. With this year’s race postponed from April to October, and now rescheduled as a ‘virtual’ Marathon, suffice to say it has not been an easy ride, but for Amber it will all be worth it.

Not only has it been a dream of hers to compete in the London Marathon, the other reason for Amber is a lot closer to home. She wants to raise vital funds for a charity very close to both hers and the Trust’s hearts. Amber is hoping to raise as much money as she can for the Daniel Baird Foundation, a local charity which does incredible work around knife crime. This is a very important topic for Amber because she tragically lost her nephew Connor to knife crime in another part of the UK six years ago. 

Student Paramedic Amber Barrett prepares for Virtual London Marathon

As a Student Paramedic, Amber knows all too well how heartbreakingly common instances of stabbings will be for her once she heads out on the road. Between April 2019 and March 2020, West Midlands Ambulance Service responded to 1,451 emergency incidents where the chief complaint was identified as ‘stabbing’ by the caller. That’s an average of four stabbings in the West Midlands a day. Of course, further cases may be identified once a resource arrives on scene.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has worked in partnership with the Daniel Baird Foundation to develop ‘Bleed Control Kits’, which can be found at locations across the region.

Patients suffering catastrophic bleeds from serious injuries such as those caused by stabbing, shooting or other trauma like a car accident could see their condition drastically deteriorate and prove fatal in minutes if the bleeding is not stemmed. Find out more about the bleed control kits here.

Amber Barrett

As a first year Student Paramedic, Amber said: “If and when I do start working out on the road, I honestly don’t know how it’ll make me feel, given my personal experience. I think I’ll be able to remain professional in that time, and afterwards it will be something I can reflect upon.

“I absolutely believe that education and getting into schools is the way to try and tackle knife crime, not only to help raise awareness with children and young people, but also with parents. It’d be great to get more workshops going to help parents understand the signs to look out for. One thing I have learned from researching knife crime after being directly affected by it myself, is that knife crime and stabbings aren’t just affecting your stereotypical groups of people. It can and is affecting anyone. But hopefully, if people aren’t carrying knives in the first place, we can slowly start to see a reduction in cases.”

Lynne Baird, founder of the Daniel Baird Foundation, said: “We would like to thank West Midlands Ambulance Service and its Chief Executive Anthony Marsh for his continued support for our campaign. The advice and assistance from the executive team has been invaluable since we launched. We’d also like to say a massive thank you to Amber for her support and fundraising.”

We wish Amber the very best of luck in the Virtual London Marathon on the 4th October 2020, and again for the real event in 2021. She would love to get as much support for the Daniel Baird Foundation as possible, please click to donate.

Serious head-on collision in Shropshire

Jordan Eggington – Monday 21st September – 9:20am.

All three Midlands Air Ambulances were required at the scene of a serious RTC yesterday, in which a woman sadly died, and four other people were taken to hospital.


West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 4:35pm (Sunday) to reports of a serious RTC on the A49 over the river in Shrewsbury. Due to the nature of the collision and the number of patients involved, the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford, Tatenhill and Strensham attended the scene, along with four land ambulance crews and three paramedic officers.


A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived on scene, they found five patients, one of whom was in a critical condition. Bystander CPR was already in progress on the woman, believed to be one of the drivers, when crews arrived. The Critical Care Paramedics and Doctor from one of the Midlands Air Ambulances took over treatment and administered advanced life support on scene. But sadly, despite best efforts, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead at the scene.


“Meanwhile, the other air and land ambulance crews were assessing and treating the other patients involved in the RTC.


“A man, believed to be the driver of one of the vehicles, was treated for serious injuries and flown to the Major Trauma Centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital, for further treatment.


“A woman who was a front seat passenger in one of the cars, was treated for potentially serious injuries and flown to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.


“Two teenage girls were treated at the scene for injuries not believed to be life threatening. One of the girls was conveyed to Royal Stoke University Hospital by air ambulance, whilst the other was taken by land ambulance on blue lights and sirens.”

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Erdington Hub Send ‘Well’ Wishes to Bangladesh

Shaunna Farley – Friday 18th September – 2pm.

A village in Bangladesh is the proud owner of a brand-new water well thanks to the kindness of ambulance staff in Birmingham.


During lockdown and at the height of the pandemic, ambulance staff across the Region were humbled to be the recipients of generous donations and well wishes from the public, local communities and businesses. Paramedic Luke Chadbourne, based at Erdington hub in Birmingham, had the idea of saying ‘thank you’ to some of the key organisations who were kind enough to support the hub.


Luke said: “As a hub we wanted to find a way to say thanks to the individuals and businesses who were supporting us through the pandemic and give something back to our community so we decided to facilitate a staff collection. I was delighted with how many staff responded and to see our donation figure grow was just incredible.” Thanks to the generosity of staff, Erdington hub raised an incredible £800.


Luke continued: “With the money raised, we made a £300 donation to One Nation in Birmingham, a charity which supports local and international relief projects to help improve lives, as they regularly provided food parcels to the hub during the height of the pandemic. The charity has since used our donation to create a safe water well in Bangladesh which is really heart-warming.”


The hub will be using more of the money to send tokens of their appreciation to other key organisations and community groups who supported the hub, such as The Caring Foundation and The Ivy who provided ready meals for Erdington Hub for almost three months. The hub plan to donate any remaining money to a charity of their choice. Luke said: “Being able to raise this money and give back to some of the local businesses who supported us throughout the pandemic is amazing and we’re really glad we’ve been able to thank them this way.”


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Call assessor’s powerful domestic abuse poem

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 15th September 2020 – 9.00am.

“Then, at that moment, I heard what she said. She grabbed at the chance to set herself free when she murmured – just loud enough – you – pushed – me.”

‘Arrest’ – by Hannah Brockley

Call assessor Hannah Brockley has been with the Trust for almost a year after making the move from being an English teacher. In the space of a year, she’s experienced every 999 call you can imagine, with some of those, sadly involving domestic abuse.

She’s decided to combine her passion for poetry and the experiences she’s had as a call assessor to create a very honest and raw piece of work exploring the issue of domestic violence through the perspective of a 999 call. Hannah has submitted her performance to ‘Poetry Archive’, a project which documents poems from the year. Only 20 entries will be chosen to join the ‘Poetry Archive WordView 2020 Collection’ from the hundreds of entries submitted. The characters in Hannah’s poem are fictional and the piece is not based on one specific patient.

Hannah said: “Domestic violence is all too prevalent in our society and has been particularly so over the course of this pandemic. I am lucky enough to be in a very happy and loving relationship, but I have been in a coercive relationship in the past and understand how it can be so hard for people to get out of these situations.”

‘Arrest’ – by EOC Call Assessor, Hannah Brockley

“This year has been hard for an awful lot of people, but I think it is so important to raise awareness of the crippling issues around domestic violence and get the message out there to those people who feel trapped in these situations – there is help available. It is never too late to speak out and change your path. It takes an awful lot of courage for people to do this, but they so deserve the rewards of being free from that kind of cruelty and oppression.”

You can see the full written version of Hannah’s poem ‘Arrest’, below.

Domestic abuse is not always physical violence, there are many different sides to it.  If you believe that you or someone else could be a victim of domestic abuse, there are signs that you can look out for.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, call 999 and listen to the questions from the operator and, if you can, respond by coughing or tapping on the handset.

There are many domestic abuse charities which can help if you fear you or someone you know is in a dangerous relationship:

National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247

The Men’s Advice Line, for male domestic abuse survivors – 0808 801 0327

The Mix, for under 25’s in the UK – 0808 808 4994

National LGBT+ Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428

Samaritans, 24/7 service – 116 123

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Child airlifted to hospital

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 1st September 2020 – 3.35pm.

A boy had to be airlifted to hospital after being in collision with a car in Staffordshire yesterday (Monday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 2:19pm to reports of an RTC on Elmore Lane in Rugeley, by the bus station. The Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill with two critical care paramedics onboard attended, along with two land ambulances and a paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived at the scene, they found a boy, who was the pedestrian, with potentially serious injuries after being in collision with a car.

“Staff administered trauma care on scene, with the critical care paramedics advising best for the boy to be taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital due to the nature of his injuries. The patient was then conveyed to hospital via air ambulance.”

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Metal cutters raffle ale to hail NHS frontline

Shaunna Farley. Tuesday 1st September. 2pm.

A metal cutting company in Tamworth have donated almost £300 to West Midlands Ambulance Service to say thank you to the NHS.


MMC Hardmetal UK have raised £270 by fundraising amongst staff by raffling off gifts and drinks which would normally be used in their annual exhibition in April, which unfortunately did not go ahead this year.
With the £270 raised from the raffle, they chose to donate it to Lichfield Hub.


The team from MMC Hardmetal UK visited Lichfield Hub last week to donate the money they had raised.
Alex Saboulis, General manager at MMC Hardmetal UK said: “We decided to donate the money raised to West Midlands Ambulance Service as in the recent months we’ve all been so affected by the pandemic so we wanted to give something back to the NHS and key workers and we wanted to keep it local as we’re based in Tamworth, so Lichfield Ambulance Hub was local to us.”


Alex and the team at MMC Hardmetal are hoping that the money can be used towards something memorable for staff at Lichfield Hub. MMC Hardmetal hope the fundraising can become something the company can do annually.


Dean Jenkins, Senior Operations Manager at Tollgate said: “It’s really humbling when you get members of the public who want to donate, as really we’re just doing our job. Donations like this one allow us to spend money on and improve things like our memorial garden on site at Lichfield Hub and really prove that people value us and appreciate the ambulance service, which is nice for the staff to see, especially now as we’re going through a global pandemic and staff have been coming to work and potentially exposing themselves to that, as just part of their job.”


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Driver dies in single vehicle RTC

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 11th August 2020 – 2.00pm.

A woman has sadly died, after a single vehicle RTC in Shropshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 10:07am (Tuesday) to reports a car had crashed at the junction of River Lane and the A442 in Telford. We sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived, they found a car which was badly damaged from the RTC, with the driver, a woman, inside.

“Sadly, nothing could be done to save her, and she was confirmed deceased on scene.”

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Tyseley Industrial Estate fire

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 11th August 2020 – 9.10am.

There have been no known patients involved in the fire at Tyseley Industrial Estate in Birmingham; a fire which colleagues at West Midlands Fire Service continue work on today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 4:50pm yesterday (Monday) to reports of the fire at Seeleys Road in the city. The Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended, along with two ambulances and four paramedic officers.

Paramedic officers and the Hazardous Area Response Team in attendance

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival, crews liaised with fire colleagues to establish whether there were any patients to treat who were involved in the fire. No patients were found, with everyone from the building accounted for. As a result, the two ambulances were cleared from the scene to carry on treating other patients in the region.

“The remaining resources stayed on scene to provide medical cover for firefighters working within the midst of the fire with HART operatives, and to also conduct any welfare due to heat exhaustion.

“One of our HART paramedics used the team’s drone to assess the plume and magnitude of the blaze, to help fire and other services on scene gain perspective.

“Regular multi-agency meetings were held throughout the evening, to establish the plan for the following hours. After a meeting at 10pm, it was decided WMAS were no longer required on scene and crews were stood down.

“Although starting to slowly reduce, this fire at the plastics site is still ongoing. If you are in or around the Birmingham area, please continue to keep windows and doors closed as the fumes from this fire may be harmful. Thank you for your cooperation.”

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Van into house in Birmingham

Jordan Eggington – Monday 10th August 2020 – 9.25am.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has responded to a collision in Birmingham this morning which saw a van end up inside a house.

We were called at 7:14am (Monday) to reports a van had crashed into a property down a residential road in Northfield. The Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended, along with two ambulances, one paramedic officer and the Critical Care Car.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived at the scene, they found a single van which was inside the property. The driver, a woman, had managed to self-extricate through the back door of the van.

“She was treated for minor injuries before being conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further treatment.

“Crews also treated a child, who was inside the property at the time of the collision, for minor injuries and they were discharged at the scene.”

Picture: @KingsNortonFire

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Seven taken to hospital after M5 rollover

Jordan Eggington – Monday 10th August 2020 – 8.30am.

Seven people, including children, have been taken to hospital after the 4×4 they were in overturned on the M5 in Droitwich.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 3:23pm yesterday (Sunday) between junctions 6 and 5 of the M5 to reports a seven-seater 4×4 towing a caravan had overturned. The Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended, along with the Critical Care Car, four land ambulances and two paramedic officers.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived, they found the 4×4 which was believed to have rolled up to three times before landing on its roof. The occupants of the vehicle claimed the caravan started to sway on the carriageway, causing the car to spin and rollover.

“In total, crews treated seven patients including three children. Thankfully, the three men, woman and three boys were all treated for injuries not believed to be serious and were taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital by land for further treatment.”

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Man dies in motorbike RTC

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 6th August 2020 – 12:25pm.

A motorcyclist has died and a woman is seriously injured after a crash in Coventry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 6:38am (Thursday) to reports of a road traffic collision involving a motorcycle on Barkers Butts Lane near the level crossing. Four ambulances, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car with a doctor on board and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “When crews arrived, they found a man, who was the motorcyclist, in a critical condition with bystander CPR already in progress.

“Staff continued in administering basic life support on scene, but sadly, despite the best efforts nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The woman, who is believed to have been the pillion passenger on the bike, was treated on scene for serious injuries before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on blue lights and sirens for further treatment.  The critical care paramedic and doctor from the Critical Care Car continued treatment on route.”

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Four children seriously injured

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 6th August 2020 – 9:55am.

Four children have been taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital after a serious RTC in Birmingham this morning that saw a car hit a tree.

At 4:45am (Thursday) an ambulance crew, with a patient already on board, came across the collision on Belchers Lane in the Bordesley Green area of the city. It was clear from the crew’s rapid assessment of the situation that there were multiple casualties involved, and more resources would be needed at the scene. Whilst the crew waited for back up, they began treatment.

We sent an additional five ambulances, along with four paramedic officers and the MERIT car with a critical care paramedic and doctor onboard. The first additional resource was on scene within three minutes.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: “When the additional crews arrived, they found a total of five patients, four of which were children.

“Two of the children, a boy and girl, were in a critical condition. Crews acted quickly to treat the patients for serious injuries and get them on blue lights and sirens to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The girl travelled with the critical care paramedic onboard, whilst the boy was conveyed in a separate ambulance with the doctor continuing treatment on route.

“Two other children, both girls, were treated for serious injuries and conveyed to BCH in separate ambulances on blue lights and sirens.

“The fifth patient, a woman, who was the driver of the car, was treated for potentially serious injuries and conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.

“The patient from the original ambulance that came across the collision continued with their journey.”

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Patient trapped under HGV

Jordan Eggington – Monday 3rd August – 11:15am.

A man has been treated for serious injuries over the weekend, after becoming trapped under an HGV in the Black Country.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 2:31pm yesterday (Sunday) to Keats Road in Willenhall. The Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, a land ambulance and two paramedic officers attended, with the first resource on scene in nine minutes.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived, they found a man, who had become trapped under a vehicle. The Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Paramedic and Doctor administered pain relief to the patient whilst the fire service helped in extricating him from underneath the vehicle.

“Once out, crews worked together to treat the man for serious injuries before taking him by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on blue lights and sirens. The Critical Care paramedic and Doctor travelled in the ambulance with the patient to continue treatment on route to the QE.”

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Two car RTC and rollover

Jordan Eggington – Friday 31st July 2020 – 2:15pm.

A boy and teenage girl have been taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital on blue lights and sirens after a two-car collision in Evesham this morning which left their vehicle in a ditch.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by police at 10:44am (Friday) to Cheltenham Road. The Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care car, two land ambulances and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived, they found two vehicles that had been in collision. One of the cars had rolled over and was in a ditch as a result.

”A woman, boy and teenage girl were out of that car. The girl suffered serious injuries and was taken by land ambulance to Birmingham Children’s Hospital on blue lights and sirens for further treatment.

“The boy was treated for injuries not believed to be serious and was also conveyed to the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, in a separate ambulance. The woman, who was the driver, was treated for injuries not believed to be serious and also required hospital treatment.

“The driver of the other car involved, a man, was treated for minor injuries and discharged at the scene.”

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Paramedics stabbed on duty thank colleagues who saved them

Jordan Eggington – Friday 31st July 2020 – 6:00am.

“When it happened, what was going through my mind was, how are they feeling?”

Two paramedics, who were stabbed while attending a patient in Wolverhampton earlier this month have praised the colleagues who came to their aid and helped save their lives.

Crewmates Michael Hipgrave and Deena Evans were attending a 999 call on Stephens Close in Wolverhampton on Monday 6th July when the incident took place. Both suffered serious injuries and were treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Since the incident, the pair have been inundated with messages of love from colleagues and members of the public, for which they are extremely grateful.

Deena said: “We do have medical knowledge, so to hear what’s happening to you and not be able to do anything is scary. When it happened, what was going through my head, was how are my colleagues feeling? Obviously, I’ve spoken to them since and it is really upsetting. They’re our friends. It has been quite difficult for us all.”

Mick added: “We had quite an emotional meeting with the staff involved, with lots of tears, talking and questions. Although we already knew how difficult it would be for them being clinicians ourselves, being friends as well must have made it doubly hard.”

Both Deena and Mick are in good spirits as they recover from their ordeal.

Adding to their thanks, Deena said: “We wanted to say a massive thank you to the hospitals involved. The treatment we received at the QE in Birmingham was honestly amazing, along with the support we’ve had from our local hospital New Cross. You can’t comprehend how good everyone has been. The treatment we’ve had and the support has just been amazing, so thank you.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service continues to offer full support to both members of staff, as well as any colleagues who have been affected by this incident.

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Shropshire RTC Rollover

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 16th July 2020 – 9:45am.

Two patients have been taken to hospital after an RTC rollover in Market Drayton overnight, which left a vehicle on its roof.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8:55pm last night (Wednesday) to reports of a collision on the A53 in Tern Hill. We sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care car, and a BASICS emergency doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews were presented with two patients from the vehicle that had rolled over, with the passenger still trapped inside.

“Crews worked together to extricate the woman from the vehicle. She was then treated for serious injuries before being taken on blue lights and sirens to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.

“The second patient, a man, who was the driver, also suffered serious injuries in the collision and was conveyed to Royal Stoke University Hospital to receive further treatment.”

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Man dies after stabbing in Worcestershire

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 16th July 2020 – 9:15am.

A man has sadly died after being stabbed overnight in Redditch.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 9:38pm last night (Wednesday) to reports of a stabbing in Guinness Close.

Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and two BASICS emergency doctors attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews found a man in a critical condition. Staff worked as a team to administer advanced life support on scene to the man.

“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured after RTC

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 14th July 2020 – 9:30am.

A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital in a serious condition after coming off his bike in Coventry yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received numerous calls, with the first at 5:15pm on Monday to reports a motorcyclist had come off their bike at the junction of the Coventry Ring Road and Sky Blue Way. The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care car attended the scene, along with one ambulance and a paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews found the motorcyclist, a man, in a serious condition after coming off his bike.  Staff worked quickly to administer specialist trauma care on scene before conveying the patient to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.”

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Three to hospital after Warwickshire RTC

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 14th July 2020 – 9am.

Three patients have been conveyed to hospital after a head on road traffic collision in Bedworth last night (Monday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8:26pm to Heath Road to reports of a collision involving two cars. Three ambulances and one paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival, crews were presented with three patients, two of which had managed to self-extricate from their vehicles. The third patient, a woman who was the front passenger in one of the cars, was extricated by crews with the help of the fire service. She was treated for potentially serious injuries and conveyed to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on blue lights and sirens for further treatment.

“The drivers of both vehicles, a man and woman, were treated for minor injuries at the scene and also conveyed to UHCW in separate ambulances.”

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Update on ambulance staff who were stabbed

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 9th July 2020 – 12pm.

A paramedic, who was stabbed by a man she’d gone to help earlier this week, has now been discharged from hospital.

Paramedics Deena Evans and Michael Hipgrave were attending a 999 call on Stephens Close in Wolverhampton at about 12.20pm on Monday (6th) when the incident took place.

Stephens Close, Wolverhampton

The Trust is pleased to confirm that Deena was released from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) after suffering a knife wound to her chest. She is now continuing her recovery at home.

After being discharged from hospital earlier this week, Michael is also at home, as he tries to make a full recovery after suffering injuries to his back.

Both Deena and Michael are in good spirits as they recover from their ordeal.  West Midlands Ambulance Service continues to offer full support to both members of staff, as well as any colleagues who have been affected by this incident.

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Lucky escape after helicopter makes emergency landing

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 24th June 2020 – 2:15pm.

Two patients have been assessed, after a helicopter had to make an emergency landing in Warwickshire this lunchtime.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 12:19pm to reports of a helicopter on fire after making an emergency landing outside the Masons Arms in Long Marston. One ambulance, a senior paramedic officer and four paramedic officers attended the scene.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance said: “On arrival, crews discovered the helicopter well ablaze.  There were two patients at the scene, who had managed to get out of the helicopter safely.

“Thankfully, they were uninjured in the incident and able to be discharged at the scene.”

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Multiple casualties after car hits wall

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 10th June 2020 – 9:10am.

Four people have been taken to hospital overnight after a single vehicle RTC in Walsall which saw a car hit a wall and land on its roof.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 1:17am this morning (Wednesday) to reports of a single vehicle collision on Lichfield Road in Shelfield. Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and a Critical Care car attended the scene.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance said: “On arrival, crews were presented with four patients, all from the same vehicle.

“We treated a man, for potentially serious injuries before taking him to the Queen Elizabeth in Birmingham for further treatment.

“The other three occupants of the car were treated for injuries not believed to be serious and taken to Walsall Manor Hospital for further assessment.”

(Pics: Aldridge Fire)


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Kayakers rescued after getting stuck down canal

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 4th June 2020 – 10:20am.

Three kayakers have been assessed after getting into trouble down a canal in Staffordshire overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 00:03am this morning (Thursday) by the fire service after reports a group of kayakers had gone down the Harecastle Tunnel in Kidsgrove and got stuck. One ambulance and two paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: “On crews’ arrival, fire colleagues were already in the water on a boat to rescue the trapped kayakers. Three men were all safely recovered from the canal.

“The men were handed over to ambulance staff for assessment. None of the patients were believed to have been submerged in the water and were discharged at the scene.”

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Multiple patients assessed after tower block fire

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 28th May 2020 – 9:15am.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has worked with fire colleagues after a fire at a tower block in Birmingham in the early hours of this morning.

We were called at 2:08am (Thursday) by the fire service to Humber Tower in Francis Street. The Hazardous Area Response Team, two paramedic officers, a Tactical Commander, one ambulance and MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “On arrival, crews were informed that a fire had started on the 14th floor of the 16-storey building, with fire colleagues working hard to evacuate residents and put out the blaze.

Once residents had been safely evacuated, ambulance crews assessed a total of eight patients who had suffered smoke inhalation. All were discharged at the scene and given advice to seek further medical advice if their condition worsens.”

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Man seriously injured in house fire

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 13th May – 12:45pm.

A man has been treated for serious injuries and taken to hospital after a house fire in Staffordshire this morning (Wednesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by colleagues from the fire service at 11:14am to a house fire at a property in Highfield Place, Biddulph. The Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, a land ambulance, paramedic officer and BASICS doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival we discovered one patient, a man, in a serious condition.

“He was treated for multiple serious injuries by crews at the scene before being taken on blue lights and sirens to Royal Stoke Hospital for further treatment. The air crew travelled with colleagues on the land ambulance to continue treatment on route to hospital.”

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Motorcyclist dies in Shropshire

Jordan Eggington – Monday 4th May 2020 – 5:30pm.

A man has died following a road traffic collision in Telford.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by police to an RTC involving a motorbike and road sign at the junction of the A442 and A4169 in the Brookside area at 1:48pm this afternoon (Monday).

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: “We sent the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a BASICS doctor onboard, a land ambulance and paramedic officer to the scene.

“Upon arrival, crews found one man, who was the motorcyclist, in a critical condition. Unfortunately, it quickly became clear nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Motorcyclist dies in RTC

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 23rd April 2020 – 12:30pm.

A man has sadly died in a road traffic collision in Staffordshire earlier today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports a motorcyclist had come off his bike in Cheltenham Avenue in Cheadle at 8:40am this morning (Thursday).

The Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a doctor on board attended, along with two land ambulances and a paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews found one man in a critical condition, with an off-duty paramedic already carrying out basic life support. Staff then took over and administered advanced life support on scene. But sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the motorcyclist and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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CFR’s provide vital lifeline for community

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 22nd April 2020 – 2:30pm.

A group of local community first responders have stepped in to ensure a vital lifeline for their community has been maintained.

Upon learning that the local pharmacy in Albrighton had lost the ability to deliver prescriptions because their driver was self-isolating, the Albrighton and Cosford CFR’s offered to provide a vital service to members of the public in their area delivering vital medications.

Initially they agreed to help three days a week but, after the first day, the team quickly doubled that service to six days a week without hesitation. They are now into week five and have delivered well over 1,000 prescriptions to around 600 homes in their local area; always adhering to social distancing guidelines to keep everyone safe.

Not only are the responders providing members of the public with medication and essentials when they cannot – they’ve quickly realised they are the only contact some people have during these difficult times. So, when they can, they stop to have a little chat with these members of the community from the driveway before moving on. 

Mahboob Ahmed at T.A Rhodes Chemist, said: “Without these guys we don’t know what we would have done, they have provided us with a vital lifeline to get the prescriptions to people who cannot or have no way of collecting them.   On top of this they are continuing to book on and respond when tasked by WMAS.”

Nick Henry, Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer in charge of community response, said: “Community First Responders are a hugely important resource for the Trust, playing a key role in responding to members of the public in their hour of need. The selflessness of our CFR’s never ceases to amaze me, and this is no exception. I’m sure their efforts are extremely appreciated by those vulnerable members of the community during these difficult times.”

(Pictured are responders Derek Mattinson, Dave Fitton and Craig Jones with the pharmacy staff.)

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Man charged over attack on paramedic

Press release issued in conjunction with West Midlands Police – Tuesday 7th April – 5:00pm.

West Midlands Police have charged a man over a brutal attack on a West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedic, that left our member of staff with a broken jaw.

It’s alleged Jamie Davies lashed out after calling ambulance crews to his home in Winifred Avenue, in the Earlsdon area of Coventry, on Sunday evening (5th April).

The 21-year-old was arrested yesterday and has now been charged with wounding, plus one count of dangerous driving as he’s accused of colliding with the ambulance as he drove from the scene.

Davies also faces charges of driving with no licence or insurance, and criminal damage in relation to an incident at a doctor’s surgery in Baliol Road, Coventry, on 31 March when a glass door pane was broken.

He is set to appear at Coventry Magistrates Court via video link later today (7th April).

West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “This was a horrendous assault on one of my staff.

“At a time when the NHS is under more pressure than at any time in its history, to lose an experienced paramedic from a cowardly act like this, is beggars belief.

“I am determined that we will work with police colleagues to bring anyone who attacks my staff to justice.”

The 40-year-old paramedic – who has worked with the Trust for more than six years – required surgery to insert a metal plate into his fractured jaw.

We’re pleased to say he is now out of hospital and recovering at home; although it’s expected to be a long road to recovery. He may be away from work for several months.

We wish him all the best in his recovery.

Hospital Chemical Incident

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 13th February 2020 – 3:00pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has attended a chemical incident at Corbett Hospital in Stourbridge today.

We were called by the fire service at 11:01am (Thursday) after a chemical spillage in a secure, temperature-controlled cabinet in the building.

Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: “Crews have assessed 10 patients who were showing symptoms relating to the incident.  Following assessment, nine of them were able to be discharged at the scene.  The tenth patient, a woman, was taken to Russell’s Hall Hospital as a precaution.”

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Motorcyclist Dies After Collision With Wall

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 13th February 2020 – 8.50am.

A motorcyclist has died after coming into collision with a wall in Wellesbourne yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by police at 4:57pm (Wednesday) to reports a motorcyclist had crashed into a brick wall on the Charlecote bend of Stratford Road.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: “One ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene.  Upon arrival, crews found one patient, a man.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Multiple Casualties in Black Country RTC

Jordan Eggington – Friday 7th February 2020 – 9.15am.

A child has been taken to hospital in a critical condition after a collision involving two cars in Oldbury last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Parsons Hill and Wolverhampton Road at 7:50pm on Thursday.  Four ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team and a Merit Trauma Doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival, crews found multiple patients, one of which was in a critical condition.  Staff administered advanced trauma care to the girl, who was a passenger in one of the cars.  She was taken on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further treatment.

“A woman and two other children in the same car were treated for injuries not believed to be serious and taken to hospital.

“There were four patients in the second car involved in the collision.  A woman in that vehicle was assessed and taken to hospital as a precaution.  A man and two children in the car were assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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Driver Dies After Worcestershire RTC

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 14th January 2020 – 8.45am.

A man has died after a serious RTC in which a car collided with a tree in Hanbury yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the fire service to Goosehill Lane in Broughton Green at 2:56pm yesterday (Monday).  An ambulance, paramedic officer, Basics emergency doctor from Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) and a Critical Care Car attended the scene. 

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Crews arrived to find a single vehicle collision near Goosehill Wood, involving one patient, a man, who was the driver.  He was in a critical condition.  Staff quickly worked to administer advanced life support on scene.  But unfortunately, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Pedestrian fatally injured in Warwickshire RTC

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 18th December 2019 – 10.00am.

A woman has died following a road traffic collision in Leamington last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision between a car and two pedestrians at the junction of Rugby Road and Guys Cliffe Avenue at 7:35pm (Tuesday).

We sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Crews arrived to find a man and a woman who’d been in a collision with a car; the woman was in a critical condition.

“Staff quickly administered advanced life support, but unfortunately despite their best efforts, she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The second pedestrian, a man, was treated for injuries not thought to be serious. He was taken University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

“The driver of the car, a man, was assessed at the scene and taken to Warwick Hospital.”

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Pedestrian dies in Black Country RTC

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 12th December 2019 – 10:30am.

A man has died, and a woman has serious injuries after they were hit by a car in Wolverhampton during this morning’s commute.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a road traffic collision involving two pedestrians and a car on Parkfield Road at 6:45am (Thursday).

We sent three ambulances, two MERIT trauma teams and two paramedic officers to the scene.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Upon arrival crews found two pedestrians who had been involved in a collision with a car. Bystanders on scene were already administering excellent first aid to both patients.

“One pedestrian, a man, was in a critical condition. Ambulance crews commenced advanced life support to him, but despite everyone’s best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was sadly confirmed dead a short time later at the scene.

“The second patient, a woman, was treated for serious injuries at the scene before being taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.”

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Driver dies in Kidderminster RTC

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 12th December 2019 – 9:40am

A driver has died after being involved in a two-car collision in Kidderminster last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 11:33pm on Wednesday to Spennells Valley Road.  Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and consultant paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews found fire colleagues administering excellent first aid to a man in a serious condition; he was the driver of one of the cars.

“WMAS staff continued advanced life support on scene, but sadly, despite their best efforts, he was confirmed dead a short time later.

“A second man involved in the collision was assessed for minor injuries and discharged at the scene.”

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Motorcyclist dies in RTC

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 4th December 2019 – 10:10am

A motorcyclist has died in a road traffic collision in Redditch in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an RTC involving a motorbike and lorry on Ravens Bank Drive in Beoley at 12:29am (Wednesday). We sent a Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car, two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival crews found one patient, a man, who was the motorbike rider with serious injuries. They administered 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.”


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Man dies in two car RTC

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 21st November 2019 – 8:55am

A man has died in a road traffic collision in Tenbury Wells yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a two car RTC on Worcester Road in Burford near the Tenbury Show Ground at 3:08pm (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a serious RTC involving two cars. One of the drivers, a man, was found in a critical condition. Ambulance staff worked as a team to administer advanced life support, but sadly, despite their best efforts nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The driver of the second car, a man, was treated on scene for minor injuries before being taken to Hereford General Hospital for further assessment.”

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Note to editors: Photo courtesy of @Helistig