Man seriously injured in Wombourne RTC

Tuesday 17th October 2017 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A two-car collision on a stretch of road in Wombourne late last night left a man needing advanced trauma care.

The incident happened on the A449 Stourbridge Road, in Wombourne, Wolverhampton at around 11.20pm last night (Monday).  Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “One car was upside down when crews arrived. The second car had significant damage and the driver, a man in his 50s, had sustained a nasty arm injury and neck injury in the collision. Whilst ambulance staff administered trauma care to the man, the fire service worked around the team to carefully extricate him from the car.

“The man was given pain relief, his arm was dressed and immobilised with a vacuum splint before he was fully immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board and alerted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further trauma care.

“The two occupants from the overturned car escaped with minor injuries. Both were taken to New Cross Hospital as a precaution.”

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Driver dies in collision in Small Heath

Tuesday 17th October 2017 – 8.30am – Claire Brown.

One person has died and two others have been injured following a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting a three car collision on Heybarnes Road in Small Heath shortly before 8.00pm yesterday (Monday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICs doctor and the critical care car with a second medic on board from The Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the emergency services arrived they found one car which had sustained significant damage in the collision. Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the driver and medics confirmed the patient deceased on scene. A passenger in the car, a man in his 20s, was trapped in the wreckage and had sustained serious injuries to his head and pelvis. Ambulance staff and medics worked closely with the fire service at the scene to carefully extricate him from the car and after around 40 minutes he was cut free. The man was given pain relief and fully immobilised with a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic binder before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The driver from a second car involved, a woman in her 40s, sustained minor facial injuries. Due to the mechanism of the collision, the woman was immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board as a precaution before being taken to Heartlands Hospital.

“No one else was injured in the collision.”

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Teenage cyclist fatally injured in collision with bus

Thursday 16th October 2017 – 12.40pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A teenage cyclist has died following a collision with a bus this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Haybridge Road in Hadley, Telford, shortly before 8.05am and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a teenage male with serious injuries following the collision with the bus.

“Following emergency treatment at the scene, the boy was airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with crews continuing to provide advanced trauma care en-route.

“Sadly, shortly after arrival at hospital it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased.

“The driver of the bus, a woman, was treated for the effects of shock and discharged at the scene.”

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A motorcyclist has died after a crash with a small van

Thursday 12th October 2017 – 4.55pm – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has died after a crash with a small van this lunchtime.

It happened on the B4176 outside TFM Farm and Country Superstore, near Bridgnorth at just before 12.15pm today.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the West Midlands Care Team car were all sent to the scene.  The crew of a third ambulance that came across the incident also stopped to assist.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived, they found a non-emergency private ambulance crew carrying out CPR on a man who had been riding a motorcycle.

“Ambulance staff immediately took over and provided advanced life support. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, it wasn’t possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A 60-year-old woman who had been the pillion passenger on the motorbike had suffered a broken wrist and abdominal pain.  She was immobilised and taken by ambulance to New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

The man driving the van was shaken but otherwise unhurt and did not want any treatment.”

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Two lorry RTC on M5 leaves man seriously injured

Thursday 12th October 2017 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.

A lorry driver, who ended up trapped in the wreckage of his cab following a collision with another lorry on the M5 motorway, received advanced trauma care from ambulance staff earlier this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call reporting a collision involving two lorries on the northbound carriageway of the M5 at junction 5, Wychbold, Droitwich at 5.00am today (Thursday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team and a MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the emergency services arrived they found one lorry which had partially left the carriageway, the cab of the lorry had ended up down an embankment and had overturned. The lorry driver, a man in his 40s, was trapped in the wreckage and, upon initial assessment by ambulance staff, it was clear he had sustained serious injuries.

“Ambulance staff, the doctor, HART and the fire service’s technical rescue team worked together to carefully extricate the man from the cab. After a complex extrication, the man was fully released from the overturned cab. Ambulance staff were then able to administer advanced trauma care to stabilise his condition and treat the injuries he had sustained to his head, body, arms and leg.  The man was given advanced pain relief before being fully immobilised and taken on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctor travelled in the ambulance to continue treatment en route.

“The second lorry driver, who was out of his vehicle upon our arrival, was described as walking wounded. He had suffered minor injuries and was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital as a precaution.”

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Woman dies in RTC in Coventry

Thursday 12th October 2017 – 8.30am – Claire Brown.

A woman has sadly died in a road traffic collision in Coventry in the early hours of today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to reports of a single vehicle collision outside Coventry Golf Club, St Martins Road, Finham, Coventry at around 2.45am this morning (Thursday). An ambulance and a paramedic officer attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a single vehicle which had been involved in a collision. Sadly, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff and emergency service colleagues, nothing could be done to save the occupant, a woman, and she was confirmed dead on scene.”

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Man suffers fatal injuries in RTC

Tuesday 10th October 2017 – 11am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died after his car collided with a car and a tree in Stratford-upon-Avon yesterday (Monday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Birmingham Road, near to Tesco Supermarket, shortly before 4.50pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a rapid response paramedic and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered an elderly man in cardiac arrest following a collision involving two cars and and a tree.

“Ambulance staff administered CPR and advanced life support in an attempt to restart the patient’s heart.

“However, sadly it became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“Nobody else was injured in the incident.”

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One of the wisest decisions he’ll ever make

Friday 6th October 2017 – 11am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A driver’s decision to get out of his broken-down car whilst waiting for assistance has potentially saved his life after it was struck by a second vehicle just moments later.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) received a call to a road traffic collision on the A38, near to the junction with the A5192, in Lichfield at 6.09am and sent one ambulance and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We arrived to find a car on its roof that had crashed into the central reservation after colliding with a stationary car.

“The driver of the stationary car, which had broken down, had moved to a place of safety at the roadside, a decision which has potentially saved his life given the collision that followed.

“WMAS urges all occupants to get out and move to a place of safety on the roadside if you are unfortunate enough to break down whilst travelling. It really is not worth the risk of sitting in your vehicle because, as proved in this case, it has the potential to lead to extremely serious consequences.

“The driver of the overturned car, a man believed to be in his 40s, was assisted out of the vehicle, treated for back pain and immobilised before being taken to Queens Hospital, Burton.”

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Three to hospital after car and bus collide

Thursday 5th October 2017 – 3.35pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Five people have been assessed by ambulance staff, three of whom required treatment and taking to hospital, following a collision between a car and a bus this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Alcester Road South in Kings Heath, Birmingham, shortly before 1.10pm and sent three ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews were told that the collision was minor with neither vehicle having suffered significant damage.

“There were five patients, all of whom were travelling on the bus.

“The most seriously injured was a woman, believed to be in her 20s, who was treated by ambulance staff for a suspected fractured pelvis before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham on blue lights and sirens.

“Two further patients were taken to the same hospital with minor injuries. They were a woman in her 20s with chest pain and a man in his 70s with leg and rib injuries.

“A man in his 40s and an additional woman in her 20s were assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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Cardiac arrest survivor meets staff who helped save his life

 

Wednesday 4th October 2017 – 10.15am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

“Without them – I would not be here today and I cannot thank them enough.”

These are the words two Staffordshire-based members of staff heard last Wednesday (Sept 27) when they were reunited with a patient who had suffered a cardiac arrest.

Chris Rowley (70) from Stoke, was undertaking his regular gym workout at 21st Century Leisure on Davenport Street when the incident occurred in January this year. Paramedic Matt Harrison and Technician Ryan Slater were first on scene and on their arrival found gym owner, Nick Lovell, already performing CPR.

Matt and Ryan were quickly backed up by a second crew, Paramedic Helen Elson and Technician Elaine Webster. With CPR continuing as well as the use of a defibrillator, advanced life support was also administered, all of which allowed Chris’ heart to be successfully restarted.

He remained in a serious condition throughout the journey to Royal Stoke University Hospital but thankfully went on to make a full recovery and after two weeks was able to return home.

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Chris, who turned 70 recently, said: “I’d come to the gym as normal and had nearly finished my work-out for the day, but that’s the last thing I remember. Next thing I know, later that same day, I find myself waking up in hospital.

“Obviously I gradually started to understand what had happened and everything that people had done for me and it’s quite incredible really. Without Nick starting CPR and the work of the ambulance crews, I would not be here to tell this story, I cannot thank people enough, including all of the staff at the hospital.”

Paramedic Matt, added: “We arrived to find Nick performing really good CPR which is of the utmost importance in a situation like this and has played a huge part in saving Chris’ life.

“We, as ambulance staff, often get referred to as heroes, but I don’t believe we are. The real heroes from my point of view are the people that are willing to do what Nick has done, stand out from the crowd and be willing to do CPR – ultimately, saving Chris’ life.

“It’s fantastic to see Chris today and see how well he is doing, we don’t often get to discover what has happened to patients we have treated so seeing Chris fit and well having returned to his normal daily life is great.”

The importance of early CPR was a point backed up by Ryan, who said: “If we walk in to a patient and someone is doing CPR, it is a massive help to us and gives the patient a better chance of survival.

“Every second counts, so the sooner chest compressions are started the chance of survival, even though still small, is much greater. In this situation, CPR was started almost immediately and the outcome was absolutely amazing.

“Everyone should learn to do CPR, it is a really easy thing to do and it could help you save someone’s life.

“Also, if people can find where there nearest defibrillator is, this could prove vital in saving someone’s life. They tell you what to do, there is absolutely no need to be scared of trying to use one.”

Gym owner Nick, added: “I found Chris slumped over one of the exercise bikes. I managed to lie him down on the floor and discovered his heart was not beating.

“I began doing CPR and rescue breaths, which, thankfully I knew from St John Ambulance training and several other first aid courses I have attended.

“I’m really pleased that everything has gone well for Chris and his family, it is brilliant to see.

“Everyone should learn how to do CPR, there’s no excuse. It is not expensive or difficult to learn and you could save someone’s life.

“Following Chris’ incident we started fund-raising to purchase a defibrillator which is now installed in the gym and on the wall ready to use should we ever need it….but hopefully we don’t.”

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Image 1 – Chris Rowley with WMAS Paramedic Matt Harrison (left) and Technician Ryan Slater.

Image 2 – (l-r) WMAS Paramedic Matt Harrison, Chris Rowley, Valda Rowley (Chris’ wife), Ryan Slater, Nick Lovell (21st Century Leisure Gym Owner).

Video 1: Chris Rowley and Paramedic Matt Harrison.

Video 2: Gym owner Nick Lovell and Technician Ryan Slater.

Video 3: Paramedic Matt Harrison and Technician Ryan Slater.

Two airlifted after light aircraft crashes

Thursday 28th September 2017 – 6.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

Two men have been airlifted with serious burns after the light aircraft they were in crashed.

The incident happened in field beside Wolds Lane, just outside Wolvey in Warwickshire at about 4.00pm on Thursday afternoon.

Two ambulances, a senior paramedic officer and two air ambulances were sent to the scene.  Both the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire travelled with doctors on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found a single engined light aircraft that had been completely destroyed by fire.

“Two men had managed to get out and had found help at a nearby farm where workers were cooling their burns with water.

“Both men were anaesthetised at the scene and were airlifted separately to the Regional Burns Unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for specialist treatment; both were described as being in a critical condition.”

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Lorry driver injured as collision closes motorway

Tuesday 26th September 2017 – 1.20pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A collision involving three lorries closed the southbound carriageway of the M6 this morning and left one patient requiring treatment from ambulance staff and transporting to hospital.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound M6, between junctions 1 and the A14/M1 interchange just after 10am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer, a rapid response paramedic and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered one of the lorry drivers, a man believed to be in his 40s, who was trapped inside the cab of his vehicle.

“Ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to access the patient, a process which involved building a platform to enable staff to work at the same height of the cab.

“Following an initial assessment of the man, the fire service cut away parts of the cab to give crews space to work inside and treat him.

“The man, who was treated for a lower leg injury and an abdominal injury, was immobilised and freed from the cab before being placed on to a scoop stretcher and transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

“There were no other patients from the incident.”

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One injured as chemical lorry overturns

Tuesday 26th September 2017 – 9.45am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

One man has been treated and taken to hospital after a chemical lorry overturned as it left a motorway.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound exit slipway at junction eight of the M5, where the motorway links to the M50, just before 12.15am this morning (Tuesday) and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The lorry driver, a man believed to be in his 50s, was the only patient. He was treated for cuts to his head and grazes to his arm before being transported to Worcester Royal Hospital.

“Due to the chemical nature of the incident, HART remained on scene to support fire service colleagues in case of contamination from the chemicals, but were able to stand down without the need to treat any further patients.”

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Fatal crash leaves five others hurt

Monday 25th September 2017 – 10.05am – Murray MacGregor.

Five people have been hurt, four seriously, in a crash that also left a man dead.

The incident happened at the junction of the A438 and A417 Ledbury at just before 11.40pm last night (Sunday).

Four ambulances, three emergency doctors and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were initially called to reports of a two car collision with one vehicle in a hedge.

“On arrival, sadly it was immediately obvious that nothing could be done to save the man in one car and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“There were five people in the other car; two adults and three children.

“A two-year-old girl was unconscious; ambulance staff were told that she had been pulled from the car by a lorry driver who had stopped to assist.  She was anaesthetised at the scene and was taken to the paediatric major trauma centre at Birmingham Children’s Hospital on blue lights with one of the doctors traveling with the ambulance crew.

“A seven-year-old boy went to the sane hospital with multiple injuries.  Again, a doctor travelled with the child as he was taken on blue lights.

“A boy of five had suffered a number of injuries and was also taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with the third doctor travelling.

“The front seat passenger was a 38-year-old woman.  She was taken to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The 35 year old man driving went with the woman to the same hospital.  He had suffered a shoulder injury.”

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Elderly man given trauma care in Stourbridge

Friday 22nd September 2017 – 3.45pm – Claire Brown.

The Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford joined land crews in Stourbridge earlier this afternoon to provide trauma care to an elderly man who had been involved in a road traffic collision.

West Midlands Police called the Trust’s control room shortly before 12.30pm today reporting a collision involving a car and a pedestrian outside their police station on the Stourbridge New Road, Stourbridge. An ambulance, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Police officers were already on scene providing first aid treatment to the man following the collision. Upon assessment by ambulance staff, it became clear that the man had sustained a serious head injury. The team worked quickly to provide trauma care before he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to the awaiting helicopter which had landed on a nearby rugby pitch. The man was then airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and was said to be in a critical condition on arrival in A&E.”

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Pedestrian airlifted to major trauma centre after Wolverhampton RTC

Friday 22nd September 2017 – 2.15pm – Claire Brown.

A man who was involved in a collision with a lorry in Wolverhampton this morning needed specialist trauma care from ambulance staff.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Warstone Road Shareshill, Wolverhampton at 10.45am earlier today (Friday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill attended the scene together with a MERIT trauma doctor and the Cosford air ambulance crew who responded by car.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The pedestrian, a man in his 50s, had sustained a number of injuries in the collision with the lorry. The ambulance staff and doctor quickly set to work to administer pain relief and  oxygen to the man so that they could further treat and assess his injuries. The man was fully immobilised with a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic splint before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further trauma care.”

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A vehicle recovery worker has suffered a serious injury after a crash

Tuesday 19th September 2017 – 5.40pm – Murray MacGregor.

A breakdown recovery worker has suffered a serious leg injury after a crash where he was working on a broken down car.

The incident happened at about 3.40pm on Pershore Lane in Hindlip, Worcestershire.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a senior paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews were told that a 4×4 had collided with the back of the recovery van which then collided with the broken down.  The worker was trapped between the van and broken down car.

“The recovery worker, a man of about 30, had suffered serious injuries to his leg.

“He was treated at the scene by ambulance staff before being taken by land ambulance to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.  The critical care paramedics from the air ambulance travelled with the ambulance.

“The drivers of the broken down car and the 4×4, both women, were unhurt.”

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WMAS joins emergency service colleagues to pledge to be dementia friendly

Thursday 21st September 2017 – 1.40pm – Murray MacGregor.

Senior representatives from West Midlands Ambulance Service, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service and West Mercia Police came together today to publicly pledge their commitment to work towards being dementia friendly organisations.

Earlier this year, The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) pledged their commitment and since then local emergency services across the UK have also followed suit.

West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “As an organisation, our staff work on a daily basis with patients who live with conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. We pride ourselves on the care and compassion that we show to such patients but will always strive to do more to help them in their hour of need.

“Equally, as an organisation with over 5,000 staff, we see such conditions affecting our own staff, which is why we will also do everything possible to ensure we work with the individuals to support them in work.  With these twin aims we will improve our services and care for people living with these conditions wherever they are in our communities.”

HWFRS Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis said: “HWFRS already works closely the Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK, and local dementia groups to ensure that vulnerable people with dementia are protected against the risks of fire.

“I’m delighted that we can now come together with other local emergency services to collaboratively work towards further supporting people affected by dementia in a more cohesive manner.”

Employers everywhere should do all they can to end mental health stigma and discrimination in the workplace says Shropshire’s Chief Fire Officer, Rod Hammerton.  “The stigma and prejudice that has surrounded mental health for years has no place in today’s workplace and employers must lead the fight to stamp it out. Addressing mental health issues in the same positive way we address physical health is a vital part of sustaining and supporting a healthy workforce,” he said.

West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “This is yet another excellent example of emergency services working collaboratively to help the most vulnerable in our communities. I will continue to ensure West Mercia Police have the resources to provide the level of service that our communities expect, protecting people with dementia from harm.”

Assistant Chief Constable of West Mercia Police, Martin Evans said: “We are proud to stand here today with our blue-light colleagues to reaffirm our commitment to protecting people living with dementia from harm.

“This pledge boosts the work we already doing as part of the Dementia Action Alliance (DDA) and with the many members of our workforce that are Dementia Friends and Champions.”

To find out more about dementia and the emergency services commitment, please visit www.alzheimers.org.uk

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Fatality in Warwickshire

Wednesday 20th September 2017 – 8.45am – Claire Brown.

Nothing could be done to save the driver of a car yesterday following a road traffic collision in Bidford-on-Avon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a car which had collided with a tree on Buckle Street in Bidford-on-Avon shortly after 4.30pm yesterday (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene along with police and fire colleagues.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When emergency services arrived they were faced with a car fire following the collision. Sadly, nothing could be done to save the driver of the car who was confirmed dead on scene.”

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An elderly woman has been airlifted after a serious collision

Tuesday 19th September 2017 – 12.55pm – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly woman has been airlifted to a major trauma centre with potentially life threatening injuries after a crash between a car and a lorry.

The incident happened on the A41 outside Grindley Brook Garage in Grindley Brook to the north west of Whitchurch at around 12.20pm today (Tuesday).

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire and a land ambulance were initially sent to the scene.

“They found a car that had suffered significant damage and the woman driving unconscious.

“After an initial assessment, the crews requested a doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford was also sent.

“Ambulance staff worked with firefighters, to rapidly extricate the woman from the car.  She was treated for serious injuries and was anaesthetised as soon as the doctor arrived.

“She was then airlifted to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The lorry driver was unhurt.”

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Pedestrian suffers serious injuries after collision

Tuesday 19th September 2017 – 10.45am – Murray MacGregor.

A pedestrian has been seriously hurt after a collision with a 4×4 vehicle last night.

It happened on Brays Road in the Sheldon area of Birmingham at just before 10.15pm last night (Monday).

An ambulance, a paramedic officer, the MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and the West Midlands CARE Team were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a 26-year-old man who had suffered multiple injuries after a collision with a vehicle.

“The man, who was semi-conscious, was assessed and treated at the scene by ambulance staff and the doctors.  He was immobilised and taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where medics were on standby to receive him.  A doctor travelled with the ambulance crew.

“There were no other patients.”

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A cyclist has been badly hurt after crashing into a parked lorry

Monday 18th September 2017 – 4.10pm – Murray MacGregor.

A cyclist has suffered very serious injuries after riding into the back of a parked lorry.

It happened in Sherlock Street in Birmingham this lunchtime.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were sent to the scene after a number of calls at 12.20pm.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a cyclist, who was estimated to be in his 20s, who had suffered a serious head injury.  He was not wearing a helmet.

“The man was in a serious condition and was anaesthetised at the scene before being taken to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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Pedestrian hurt after collision with car

Monday 18th September 2017 – 9.35am – Murray MacGregor.

A pedestrian has suffered multiple injuries after a collision with a car in the early hours of this morning.

It happened outside the McDonalds Restaurant on Bristol Road in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham at about 1.35am (Monday).

Two ambulances and the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found a 23-year-old man who was lying in the road.

“The car, which was nearby, had sustained significant damage to the windscreen.  The driver was unhurt.

“The pedestrian had suffered multiple injuries. He was immobilised at the scene, but due to the incident being close to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, the crew left scene just 14 minutes after arriving.

“The doctor travelled with the crew and requested that medics at the hospital be on standby to anaesthetise the patient on arrival.”

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Two patients from Nuneaton fire

Friday 15th September 2017 – 12.25pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Ambulance crews have treated two patients at the scene of a serious fire in Nuneaton this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8.52am to reports of a fire at an industrial unit on Tuttle Hill. One ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “There were two patients for crews to treat.

“The first of whom was a man, believed to be in his 40s. He was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation and discharged at the scene.

“A woman, also believed to be in her 40s, was treated for the effects of shock and again, discharged at scene.

“All three emergency services worked well together throughout the incident with ambulance crews supporting the fire service and police with evacuating properties where necessary.”

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Toddler injured in collision with car

 

Friday 15th September 2017 – 10.55am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A young girl has been treated for multiple injuries and taken to hospital following a collision with a car this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Blakemore Road, near to the junction with Castlefort Road, Walsall Wood, shortly before 8.40am and sent an ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a young female toddler with multiple injuries following a collision with a car.

“She was treated by ambulance staff for a head injury, a nose injury and hip injuries. She was immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher and given pain relief before being taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital by land ambulance for further assessment.

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

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A lorry driver who was trapped after his vehicle overturned has had a lucky escape

 

Wednesday 13th September 2017 – 9.30am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A lorry driver who was trapped for approximately 45 minutes after his vehicle overturned and was involved in a collision with a car has been fortunate to walk away without serious injury.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Shrewsbury Road and the A528 in Preston Gubbals, Shrewsbury, just after 4.30pm yesterday (Tuesday) and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man, believed to be in his 40s, trapped inside the cab of his lorry after it had overturned and been involved in collision with a car.

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“Once the fire service had cut him free, he was able to get himself out of the vehicle and walk to the ambulance.

“He was treated for cuts to his hand, shoulder pain and a minor head injury before being taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“Considering the damage suffered to his vehicle, he is extremely fortunate to have not suffered more serious injuries.

“The driver of the car, a man thought to be in his 50s, was out of the vehicle when ambulance staff arrived and escaped injury in the incident.”

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Motorcyclist fatally injured

Tuesday 12th September 2017 – 11am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died after falling from his motorbike in a single vehicle road traffic collision last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Glebe Street in Stoke on Trent at 11.55pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a BASICS doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcyclist in cardiac arrest having suffered serious injuries in the incident.

“Ambulance staff performed CPR and administered advanced life support but unfortunately it became apparent nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased.”

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Woman trapped for one hour after car and lorry collide

Tuesday 12th September 2017 – 9am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman, who was trapped in a car for an hour, has been taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres after a collision between a car and a lorry last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Cannock Road in Featherstone at 8.35pm and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a woman, believed to be in her 20s, who was trapped in the passenger seat.

“Ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to free the patient, a process which took about an hour.

“She was assessed and treated for arm and chest injuries and taken on blue lights and sirens to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“A man, who managed to get himself out of the car, was uninjured in the incident.”

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Motorcyclist airlifted to major trauma centre

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Monday 11th September 2017 – 2.00pm – Claire Brown.

A road traffic collision involving a motorcycle and a car during rush hour in Walsall this morning has left one man requiring further care in a major trauma centre.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Birch Lane and Mill Road, Pelsall, Walsall at 8.30am today (Monday). An ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The motorcyclist, a teenage boy, suffered serious injuries to both legs in the collision. The ambulance team worked to stabilise his condition by administering pain relief to help ease his discomfort. The teenager was then immobilised, to avoid any further movement of his lower limbs, before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; a major trauma centre.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in RTC

Friday 8th September 2017 – 3.10pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman has been anaesthetised after suffering serious injuries following a collision with a van this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Lawnswood Road in Wordsley, shortly after 1.15pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find an elderly woman who had suffered multiple serious injuries, including a head injury, following a collision with a van.

“She received advanced trauma care at the scene and was anaesthetised in order to help stabilise her condition.

“She was then transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, by land ambulance with the doctor and critical care paramedic from the air ambulance also travelling with her, to help continue treatment enroute.

“The van driver was uninjured in the incident.”

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Man fatally injured as car and lorry collide

Friday 8th September 2017 – 2.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A car driver has died and three other people have been injured following a collision with a lorry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Brinklow Road in Coventry shortly before 11.15am 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, crews discovered the car driver, a man, still inside his vehicle with serious injuries.

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

“There were three occupants in the lorry, one of whom was trapped as a result of the collision.

“The man, believed to be in his 20s, was cut free with the help of the fire service.

“He was treated for a serious leg injury and suspected pelvic injury. He was immobilised and alerted in to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance. The air crew travelled with the patient to help continue treatment enroute to the hospital.

“The remaining two patients, a man in his 40s and a man in his 30s, were treated for minor hand and leg injuries respectively.

“They were both transported to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on the second ambulance.”

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Two taken to major trauma centre after car collides with house

Tuesday 5th September 2017 – 5pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A two-car collision, in which one of the vehicles also collided with a house, has left two patients requiring treatment from ambulance staff and transporting to hospital this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Lockhurst Lane and Durbar Avenue in Coventry shortly before 2.25pm 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 two cars that had been in collision, one of which had gone on to hit a house.

“The driver of that car, a man believed to be in his 60s, was treated for head and hip injuries. He was immobilised as a precaution and taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment.

“The driver of the second car, a woman, was treated for the effects of shock and also immobilised as a precaution before being taken to the same hospital.”

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Man airlifted with serious injuries after car and lorry collide

Tuesday 5th September 2017 – 5.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A car driver, who was trapped for about 50 minutes, had to be cut free through the roof before being airlifted to hospital with multiple serious injuries this afternoon following a collision with a lorry.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Wodehouse Lane in Gospel End at 3.20pm and sent an ambulance, a senior paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had suffered significant damage in the collision with the driver, a man believed to be in his 20s, trapped inside.

“Ambulance staff continually assessed the man as they worked closely with the fire service to cut him free through the roof.

“He was treated for multiple injuries, including to his leg and pelvis. He was immobilised, given pain relief and carefully moved on to the air ambulance before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham for further treatment.

“The lorry driver, a man, was uninjured in the incident.”

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Driver rescued after car goes 40 feet down embankment

Tuesday 5th September 2017 – 9.55am – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly man has escaped serious injury despite his car going down a 40-foot embankment backwards.

It happened at just before 7.00pm last night on Ounty John Lane in Stourbridge.

The Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and an ambulance were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance found a car that had gone backwards down the steep slope and had turned over onto the passenger side.

“The man had been able to climb out of the vehicle through the sun roof but was unable to get back up the slope.

“While HART staff went down to the man to treat him firefighters were setting up a rope line set.

“He was complaining of shoulder and backt pain, but the injuries were remarkably minor considering where his car had ended up.

“The man was immobilised on a specialist MIBS (multi integrated bodysplint stretcher) stretcher and was then lifted back up the embankment to the roadway.

“He was then taken by ambulance to Russells Hall Hospital.”

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Van driver extremely lucky not to be more seriously hurt

Monday 4th September 2017 – 2.15pm – Murray MacGregor.

A van driver has been extremely lucky not to have suffered far more serious injuries after the vehicle he was driving struck a tree, side on.

It happened at about 9.45m this morning on Banbury Road, just outside Warmington on the road to Gaydon in Warwickshire.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a small Renault van that had collided with a tree side on causing significant intrusion on the passenger side of the vehicle.

“Thankfully, there was no one in the passenger side of the vehicle given the damage.

“The driver, a middle-aged man was initially unconscious and had also suffered chest and back injuries.

“He was immobilised and treated at the scene before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.”

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12 patients as six vehicles collide on motorway

Friday 1st September 2017 – 2.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A total of 12 patients have been treated by ambulance staff on the M5, 11 of whom have been taken to hospital, following a six-vehicle collision.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway, between junctions eight and seven, at 12.05pm and sent four ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance crew from Strensham in a rapid response vehicle to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered five cars and a lorry that had been in collision.

“The 11 patients requiring further treatment at Worcester Royal Hospital were conveyed on four ambulances.

“On the first ambulance, there was a woman in her 50s who was treated for wrist and ankle injuries, a woman in her 20s who was treated for leg and facial injuries and two young boys who were treated for facial injuries and cuts to the foot respectively.

“The second ambulance conveyed a man in his 20s with chest pain, a teenage woman with a suspected fractured arm and a second teenage woman with arm and head pain.

“A woman in her 20s was treated for a fractured jaw and her injuries to her face whilst a man in his 20s was treated for a shoulder injury. They both travelled to hospital on the same ambulance.

“Finally, two women in their 20s were treated for minor injuries before also being taken to Worcester Royal Hospital.

“A 12th patient, a man in his 20s, was discharged at the scene.”

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Child suffers fatal injuries in RTC

Friday 1st September 2017 – 11.30am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A young boy has suffered fatal injuries following a collision with a lorry last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Churchbridge, Oldbury, near to Total Birchley Park Service Station, just before 10pm and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews discovered a young boy with serious injuries following the collision.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased.

“A second boy was assessed at the scene before being left in the care of his parents.”

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A lorry driver has died after a crash

Thursday 31st August 2017 – 12.55pm – Murray MacGregor.

A lorry driver has died after his vehicle overturned.

It happened at about 10.00am on the A50 near to JCB Services World Parts Centre at Beamhurst in Staffordshire.

A rapid response vehicle, an ambulance, a community first responder, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene.  An off-duty doctor also stopped to assist.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman, said: “Another lorry driver stropped and tried to assist the other driver.  He was joined by police officers.

“Ambulance staff arrived shortly afterwards, but sadly it quickly became clear that nothing could be done to save the driver in the overturned lorry and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The second lorry driver was treated for cuts and abrasions to his right arm but was discharged on scene.”

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Man dies after crash between a 4×4 and a tractor pulling a trailer carrying hay

Tuesday 29th August 2017 – 8.55am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has died after a crash between a 4×4 and a tractor pulling a trailer with hay on it.

It happened last night in Herefordshire on the A49 between Bryn Garth and Much Birch near to the Axe & Cleaver.

Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent after the alert was raised at around 9.45pm.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman: “On arrival, ambulance staff found the 4×4 on fire with a hay bale also on fire.

“The man driving the 4×4 was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A 34-year-old woman, who was the front seat passenger in the 4×4, had been able to get out of the vehicle and was treated for facial injuries at the scene before being taken to Hereford County Hospital.

“The tractor driver, a 49-year-old man, was clearly distressed but was uninjured and didn’t want to go to A+E.”

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Pedestrian suffers fatal injuries in collision with car

Tuesday 29th August 2017 – 8.50am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A pedestrian has died following a collision with a car in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to City Road in Edgbaston shortly after 1.50am and sent two ambulances, a rapid response paramedic, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, police had commenced CPR on the patient, a man, after he was found to be in cardiac arrest having suffered serious injuries in the collision.

“Ambulance staff took over CPR and administered advanced life support.

“The man was then moved on to the ambulance with treatment continuing en-route to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“However, on arrival at hospital it unfortunately became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased.”

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Two hurt as HGVs collide on M6

Friday 25th August 2017 – 4.50pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two lorry drivers have been treated by ambulance staff and taken to hospital after their vehicles collided on the northbound carriageway of the M6 this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident between junctions 15 and 16 at 2.12pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The most seriously injured patient, a man believed to be in his 40s, was still inside his vehicle when crews arrived.

“He was assessed, and once out of his cab, treated for a suspected leg fracture and minor injuries to his face. He was immobilised and given pain relief before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital by land ambulance.

“The driver of the second lorry, also a man thought to be in his 40s, was out of his vehicle. He was treated for arm and back pain, immobilised and taken to the same hospital by land ambulance.”

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Car driver seriously injured in collision with lorry

Thursday 24th August 2017 – 5.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A car driver has received specialist trauma care and been anaesthetised by ambulance staff following a collision with a lorry this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Limbrick Close and Haslucks Green Road shortly before 3.30pm and sent an ambulance, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered an elderly male still inside the car following the collision.

“He was rapidly helped out of the vehicle before receiving treatment for serious injuries.

“In order to stabilise his condition, the man was anaesthetised before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham on blue lights and sirens.

“The lorry driver was uninjured in the incident.”

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13 patients found on back of lorry

Thursday 24th August 2017 – 4.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A total of 13 patients have been treated by ambulance staff, three of whom required hospital treatment, after they were found on the back of insulated lorry this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Mangrove Service Station in Rugby just before 2.30pm and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover 13 patients who had been travelling on the back of a lorry.

“All of the patients were male, with three of them receiving treatment at the scene for signs of heat exhaustion before they were transferred to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on land ambulances.

“None of the injuries are thought to be serious.

“The remaining ten patients were all assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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Teen badly injured in motorcycle crash

Wednesday 23rd August 2017 – 8.42am – Murray MacGregor.

A teenage motorcyclist has been badly hurt after a collision with a tree.

The incident happened on Lawley Drive, heading towards the M54 in Telford at about 9.45pm last night (Tuesday).

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer 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 members of the public providing care to the 18-year-old man, who had suffered multiple injuries.

“The man was treated on scene by ambulance staff and the doctor.  Due to the serious nature of his condition, he was anaesthetised before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctor and critical care paramedic travelled with the ambulance.”

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Cyclist seriously injured in Coventry RTC

Tuesday 22nd August 2017 – 9.40am – Claire Brown.

A cyclist has suffered a potentially life-threatening head injury in Coventry last night following a collision with a car.

The incident happened at the junction of Livingstone Road and Lockhurst Lane, Foleshill, Coventry shortly after 11.00pm last night (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the critical care car from The Air Ambulance Service with a paramedic and doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found the cyclist, a man, lying in the road and was unconscious following a reported collision with a car.

“Whilst the man had suffered no obvious serious injuries to the rest of his body, when ambulance staff were assessing him he regained consciousness but was displaying signs of suffering a potentially serious head injury. The team worked quickly to stabilise his condition with advanced pain relief before he was fully immobilised with a scoop stretcher and pelvic splint.

“The man was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further trauma care. The doctor and paramedic travelled with the ambulance crew to hospital to continue treatment en route.

“Ambulance staff commented that a cycle helmet could’ve significantly reduced the level of injury sustained.”

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