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Boy and girl rescued from Sutton Park lake

Tuesday 4th August 2015 – 3pm – Chris Kowalik.

 

Two children and a dog had to be rescued today after they all ended up stranded on an island in the middle of a lake.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Sutton Park shortly after 1.15pm today. An ambulance crew and a paramedic area support officer attended. The fire service also attended.

“A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A 13 year old boy had gone into the water to rescue a dog. Then, an 18 year old girl went in after the boy.

“They got to an island in the middle of the lake from where the fire service took them to dry land. The boy and the girl were checked over and warmed up in the back of the ambulance before being discharged at the scene.

“We warn people not to go into open waters such as this. The water is cold, you don’t know how deep it is. There were weeds and silt in this lake but we don’t know what else is in the water.”

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Play safely during the school holidays

Tuesday 4th August 2015 – 2.05pm – Chris Kowalik.

A warning has been issued by ambulance service bosses to children after a boy fell through a disused garage roof while retrieving his football.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the Blythe Bridge area of Stoke-on-Trent shortly after 12.45pm today.

An ambulance crew and a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle attended.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “It appears the boy went onto the roof to get his football when the roof gave way and he fell about ten feet into the locked garage, landing on its concrete floor.

“Because the garage was locked, police had to force it open in order for crews to get inside. The boy had head and wrist injuries. He was immobilised with the use of a spinal board and neck collar and was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“We would warn children to be careful where they play and parents to know where they are.”

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A car crash involving a telegraph pole has left a man needing treatment at a major trauma centre

Monday 3rd August 2015 – 11.45pm – Murray MacGregor.

A telegraph pole was left in a precarious position after a car collided with it, resulting in a man being taken to a major trauma centre.

The incident happened outside the Beech Hotel in Derby Road, Stretton in Staffordshire. At just after 6.30pm on Monday evening.

An ambulance and a rapid response vehicle were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival ambulance staff found a car that had suffered significant front end damage with a ‘V’ in the bonnet where it had collided with a telegraph pole.

“The pole itself was badly damaged and there was a fear that it might fall completely.

“The driver a 31 year old man had managed to get himself out of the car, but there was a ‘bullseye’ in the windscreen. He initially appeared to be uninjured but his level of consciousness dropped as he was being assessed which indicated a head injury. The man was also complaining of pain in his lower left leg. He was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board as a precaution.

“After an assessment, it was agreed that he should go to a major trauma centre. Given the proximity to the Tattenhill airfield, the ambulance took the man to the Midlands Air Ambulance based there and the man was then flown to Royal Stoke University Hospital.”
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A man has been confirmed dead after an incident on a motorway slip road

Monday 3rd August 2015 – 7.07pm – John Hawker.

A man has died following an incident on the M42 this afternoon.

The incident occurred on the slip road of junction 10, northbound at around 3.55pm. A rapid response vehicle, an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had been in a collision with a lorry.

“A man driving the car was found in cardiac arrest and resuscitation attempts were carried out. Advanced life support took place at the scene but unfortunately, despite best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead.”
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Considering the damage to the vehicle, the pair inside have been very fortunate to escape serious injury

Monday 3rd August 2015 – 6.55pm – Murray MacGregor.

“Considering the damage to the car and the bushes, the people in the car have been very lucky indeed.” That was the view of the ambulance staff who attended a crash on the eastbound A50, about 2 miles from JCB near Uttoxeter.

The crash happened at about 5.25pm on Monday afternoon. Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found a car that had suffered very considerable damage after having rolled over.

“Judging by the damage to the bushes and trees at the side of the road, the car had left the road at least 50 yards from where it came to a rest, back on its wheels.

“Despite the damage, the man and woman in the car appear to have escaped serious injury.

“The 25 year old woman who was the front seat passenger was complaining of neck pain and was immobilised. The 24 year old man driving appeared uninjured but given what had happened, was also immobilised as a precaution. Both were taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.”
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Man treated by medics at house fire

Monday 3rd August 2015 – 2.50pm – John Hawker.

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A man has been treated by medics at the scene of a house fire this morning in Smethwick.

The fire occurred at an address in Astbury Avenue at around 11.30am.  An ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a serious fire and a man being rescued by the fire service.

“The man, believed to be in his late 50’s, was treated by medics for serious smoke inhalation.  Treatment continued in the ambulance on route to City Hospital.

“Unfortunately the man’s injuries were described as life threatening.”

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Woman injured trying to stop car rolling away

Monday 3rd August 2015 – 1.45pm – John Hawker.

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A woman has been injured after trying to stop a car from rolling away in Staffordshire.

The incident occurred on John Street, Biddulph at around 11.20am.  A rapid response paramedic, two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a woman with hip and abdominal injuries.

“It is believed that the woman’s car had started to roll away after she got out of the vehicle and whilst trying to stop it she was injured as it rolled into a wall.

“The woman, believed to be in her early 20’s, received treatment from paramedics including being immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board and also receiving pain relief.

“A small child, a girl believed to be around two years old, suffered a minor leg injury in the incident.  She also received treatment at the scene from medics.

“Both patients were transferred by ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.”

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Man rescued through the roof of his car

Sunday 2nd August 2015 – 9.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A car passenger suffered arm and leg fractures and was trapped for approximately 40 minutes following a three-vehicle collision in Birmingham this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Brandwood Park and Newick Grove shortly before 4.55pm and sent two ambulances and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews were told a car had collided with two stationary cars. One of the stationary cars ended on top of the other one, also partly covering the moving vehicle.

“There were two patients in the car, both men in their 20s.

“The passenger was trapped as a result of the incident. Ambulance crews worked alongside the fire service to carefully cut the man free from the car, eventually getting him out through the roof. The process to free him took about 40 minutes.

“He was treated for fractures to his leg and arm, immobilised and given pain relief before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further treatment.

“The driver of the car, a man in his 20s, suffered minor injuries in the collision and did not require transporting to hospital.”

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Man airlifted following two-car RTC

Sunday 2nd August 2015 – 1.05pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A man who was trapped in his vehicle for more than 30 minutes has been airlifted to hospital following a two-car RTC in Staffordshire this morning.

The man was one of two patients from the incident with a second patient also being taking to hospital, by land ambulance.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A5 between Gailey Island and Weston, near to The Bell Inn public house, shortly before 7.20am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars that had been involved in a collision both of which had suffered significant front end damage.

“One of the cars contained a man, thought to be in his 80s, who was trapped in his vehicle as a result of the collision.

“Ambulance crews worked closely with the fire service to carefully cut the man free, a process which took approximately 35 minutes.

“He was treated for chest and back injuries, given pain relief and flown to Royal Stoke University Hospital. Thankfully his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

“From the second car, another man, thought to be in his 20s, managed to free himself from his vehicle. He was treated for minor injuries and transported to Walsall Manor Hospital as a precaution.”

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Fatal RTC in Birmingham

Sunday 2nd August 2015 – 11.15am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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One man has died and three others have been taken to hospital following a collision between a car and a house in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Little Francis Grove shortly after 12.20am and sent four ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover a car that was on fire having collided with a house.

“The fire was quickly put out by one of our paramedics who then began assessing the patients.

“The driver of the car, a male teenager, was in cardiac arrest and advanced life support began.

“This continued on the way to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham but unfortunately it is understood he died shortly after arrival.

“There were three other patients, all male teenagers, all of whom were taken to Heartlands.

“One was treated for injuries to his face and one for abdominal injuries. The third patient was treated for back and leg pain and was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board before being transported to hospital.”

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Man cut free from car after it comes to rest on its roof

Saturday 1st August 2015 – 11pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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The driver of a car had to be cut free from his vehicle after it came to rest on its roof following a collision with a parked car in Walsall this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Elmore Green Road in Bloxwich shortly after 4.20pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic area support officer to the scene. The police and fire services were also in attendance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews were told that the car had come to rest on its roof following a collision with a parked car.

“The female passenger, believed to be in her 60s, had already been freed from the vehicle by an off duty student paramedic and an off duty firefighter who came across the incident.

“She was treated by ambulance staff for an arm injury and bruising caused by her seat belt. She was immobilised as a precaution and taken to Walsall Manor Hospital for further assessment.

“Crews worked closely with the fire service to carefully cut the man, believed to be in his 60s, free from the car, a process which took approximately 30 minutes.

“Once free he was immobilised and taken to Walsall Manor Hospital as a precaution having escaped any serious injuries in the collision.”

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Four to hospital after car and bus collide

Saturday 1st August 2015 – 6.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Four people have been treated by ambulance crews and taken to hospital following a collision between a bus and a car in Birmingham this afternoon.

Following the collision, the bus also collided with a tree and five people were assessed in total, three from the bus and two from the car.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Highfield Road and Harborne Road in Edgbaston shortly after 3.55pm and sent sent three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a rapid response paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover a car and a bus that had been in collision. Subsequently, the bus also collided with a tree.

“Three people were assessed from the bus, including the driver – a man, but he was discharged on scene.

“Two bus passenger patients did require treatment however, a man thought to be in his 60s and a woman believed to be in her 40s.

“The man was treated for lower back and leg pain whilst the woman, who had pain relief administered, was treated for arm and leg injuries.

“They were then both transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“There were two more patients from the car, a woman in her 30s and a young girl, believed to be ten-years-old.

“Both were treated for minor injuries and the effects of shock before being taken to City Hospital for further assessment.”

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Leathers help biker avoid serious injury

Saturday 1st August 2015 – 4pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A motorcyclist’s decision to wear the correct safety equipment proved a wise one as his leathers and helmet helped him avoid serious injury when involved in a single vehicle collision near Redditch this morning.

The biker, a man in his 40s, was thrown from his machine and came to rest on the M42 motorway near to junction three and where the motorway merges with the M40.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly after 11.15am and sent two ambulances and a paramedic area support officer to the scene. An off duty fireman and an off duty doctor had stopped at the scene to offer assistance prior to the arrival of ambulance staff.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a motorcyclist who had been thrown from his bike. No other vehicles had been involved in the incident. He was already receiving treatment and care from an off duty fireman and doctor.

“He was treated for lower leg pain, back pain and shoulder pain and immobilised as a precaution with the use of a neck collar and scoop stretcher. He was then transported to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

“He is extremely fortunate not to have suffered more serious injuries in the incident and the fact he was wearing all of the correct safety equipment has played a big part in ensuring that is the case.”

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Two car collision in south Worcestershire

Thursday 31st July 2015 – 8.50pm – Chris Kowalik.

Four people have been taken to hospital, one by air ambulance, following a road traffic collision in south Worcestershire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A46 at Norton shortly after 5pm today.
Two ambulance crews, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A woman in her sixties who was a front seat passenger in one of the cars had a head wound and a suspected leg injury. She was immobilised and was flown to Worcestershire Royal Hospital. The driver of the car, a man in his sixties,was taken to the same hospital by land ambulance with suspected concussion.
“In the other car were a man in his sixties and a woman in her fifties. They had minor injuries and were both taken in the same land ambulance together to the Alexandra Hospital for further checks.”

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Paraglider dies near Buxton

Friday 31st July 2015 – 6.15pm – Claire Brown.

 

A man has died whilst paragliding near the Staffordshire / Derbyshire border this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a field in Hollingsclough near Buxton at around 1.30pm this afternoon (Friday). A community first responder, a paramedic area support officer, a community paramedic and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance with a doctor on board attended the scene. East Midlands Ambulance Service were also sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The man was paragliding when he fell to the ground.

“A local community first responder was first on scene and found the man in traumatic cardiac arrest being given excellent CPR by members of the public. The CFR continued resuscitation attempts and was quickly joined by ambulance colleagues.

“The ambulance staff and doctor worked as a team to continue resuscitation and administered advanced emergency interventions on scene. Sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.”

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Sainsbury’s in Bridgnorth supports local lifesavers

Friday 31st July 2015 – 1.45pm – Chris Kowalik.

 

A supermarket in Shropshire has chosen its local group of volunteer lifesavers as its charity of the year.

Bridgnorth and District Community First Responder Scheme will benefit from the town’s Sainsbury’s store’s fundraising for the year and it begins today.

Members of the team are in the main entrance to the store in High Town raising funds for the next three days.

Community First Responders come from all walks of life and are trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service in a number of assessments and treatments. They may be called upon to attend a local medical emergency while a blue-light ambulance vehicle is en-route.

More information about Bridgnorth Community First Responders can be found on the group’s facebook page: www.facebook.com/bridgnorthcommunityfirstresponders

or its website:

http://bridgnorth-cfrs.org/

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More than 450 apply for student paramedic vacancies!

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Friday 31st July 2015 – 12.45pm – Claire Brown.

As the clock struck midnight last night, the Trust’s week-long recruitment drive for student paramedics came to a close with an impressive number of applications.

The advertisement for 70 student paramedic vacancies went live on the NHS jobs website on Thursday 23rd July and closed at midnight last night. After just a week, 454 applications have been submitted.

Louise Harris, the Trust’s Recruitment Advisor, said: “We’ve had such a fantastic response to our latest student paramedic recruitment drive. It just shows what a sought after job it is!

“Our recruitment team have worked incredibly hard to look at the hundreds of applications to shortlist a total of 240 candidates. By now, applicants should have received an email from NHS Jobs to advise them whether they’ve been successful or not.

“The main reason for applicants not being shortlisted was that they hadn’t applied for their category C1 driving license prior to applying for the student paramedic vacancy.

“I’d like to thank each and every applicant for their interest in the role and wish those who have been shortlisted the best of luck in the stage one assessments which are taking place next week.”

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David to Brave the Shave

Friday 31st July 2015 – 12.30pm – Chris Kowalik.

An Ambulance Fleet Assistant with West Midlands Ambulance Service is to shave off his long hair for Macmillan Cancer Support.

David Spry who is based at Hereford ambulance hub off Ross Road will ‘Brave the Shave’ on August 19th and has set himself a modest target of £300 to reach.

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He said: “I wish to support the sterling work Macmillan Cancer Support does and I know that many of us know of people, either friends or family, who have suffered from cancer.

“Shaving my hair is a small step for me, I can always grow it back. Some cancer sufferers are not that lucky.”

To sponsor David, visit https://bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/david-spry/

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WMAS Chairman supports new ambulance services charity

Friday 31st July 2015 – 11am – Chris Kowalik in conjunction with The Ambulance Services Charity.

A leading figure in the UK Emergency Services has heralded the formation of a new national charity for the ambulance services as “meeting a very definite need” in the industry.

Sir Graham Meldrum, Chairman of West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation (WMAS) Trust for almost ten years, met staff of TASC, The Ambulance Services Charity, on a visit to its new Midlands Head Office.

He was on a fact-finding mission to the Coventry-based charity which was formed in March to help provide vital support services and advice to serving and retired ambulance personnel and ambulance service families in times of severe difficulty or bereavement.

Before joining WMAS, Sir Graham was involved in the fire service for over 50 years which included being HM Chief Inspector of Fire Services for England and Wales and Chief Fire Officer of the West Midlands Fire Service as well as being appointed Chairman of the Fire Services National Benevolent Fund, which is now known as the Fire Fighters Charity.

Sir Graham discussed ideas for TASC’s future development with Chief Executive Lorna Birse-Stewart, and how the two organisations can work together to promote and develop the UK charity.

He said: “I contacted TASC because I thought this was a great opportunity for me to give them any benefit I can from my experiences.

“We grew the Fire Services National Benevolent Fund from small beginnings into a large organisation which provides support and grants for firefighters and their families which is a similar mission to TASC except their focus is on the ambulance service.

“There are a lot of small regional benevolent funds and associations which carry out their own fundraising.

“TASC provides the opportunity for the whole ambulance services community to come together and get behind their own national charity which is dedicated to helping and support them.

“It also gives the general public, who want to show their appreciation and thanks to paramedics and other ambulance staff who have helped them, the opportunity to make a donation for the benefit of the ambulance personnel and ambulance service families it supports.

“I think TASC is meeting a very definite need because ambulance service personnel are facing increasing challenges and significant demands and this impacts in the same way as in other emergency services.

“Ambulance staff may suffer as a result of dealing with critical situations and exceptional challenges in the line of duty and are sometimes injured themselves trying to give medical assistance in difficult situations so they may need help with support and grants to look after themselves and their families.

“It will be good for TASC and the WMAS to work together because this is an ideal way for the public to show their thanks and appreciation to people in the service.”

Lorna Birse-Stewart, Chief Executive of TASC, said Sir Graham had also met Chairman Cliff Randall and Trustee Gordon Enstone during his visit: She said: “It was a productive and informative meeting and gave us the opportunity to explain the services we aim to provide to help support men and women throughout the ambulance service at times of crisis or severe difficulty.

“There is a real need for a national ambulance services charity and TASC will play a vital role in focusing on the issues that are facing our ambulance staff and help address the significant impact that the daily stresses and challenges have.

“TASC can offer help and advice with access to rehabilitation services, mental health services and counselling including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; bereavement support; and welfare and debt advice through our confidential support telephone line.”

The TASC Freephone Support Line telephone number is 0800 1032 999.  For further information or if you would like to support the work of the charity, please visit www.theASC.org.uk

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PICTURED: Sir Graham Meldrum, Chair of the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (third, left) with, from the left, Cliff Randall, Lorna Birse-Stewart and Gordon Enstone from TASC, The Ambulance Services Charity.  Picture: The Ambulance Services Charity.

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Three people seriously injured in two car crash in Warwickshire

Friday 31st July 2015 – 9.30am – Chris Kowalik.

Three people have been taken to a major trauma centre after a road traffic collision in Heathcote that ended with one car on fire and another on its side.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Harbury Lane at 11.30pm last night.

Four ambulances, a Medical Incident Officer, a paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and the MERIT trauma team consisting of a trauma doctor and critical care practitioner attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “One of the cars had caught fire. A man who had been dragged from it had a broken leg, a suspected fractured pelvis, abdominal and chest injuries. A splint was applied to his broken leg and he was immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher and neck collar. Fluids were administered intravenously and a medicine that prevents and treats bleeding problems was given. He was sedated and taken on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“A woman who is believed to be in her forties was freed from the same car with the help of the fire service. She had chest, abdominal and pelvic injuries and multiple lower limb fractures. She was also taken on alert to the same hospital.

“A woman in her twenties who managed to get out of the car that was on fire was checked over and discharged at the scene.

“There was a second car that was on its side. In it was a man in his twenties with multiple rib and lower limb fractures, serious chest and abdominal injuries. The MERIT trauma team anaesthetised him and maintained his airway and he was taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Oldbury

Friday 31st July 2015 – 9.25am – Chris Kowalik.

A man has been seriously injured in a collision with a van in the Black Country.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Birchfield Lane, Oldbury shortly after 11.50pm yesterday.

Two ambulance crews, one of whom was passing the scene soon after it happened attended along with a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man who is in his thirties, had a serious head injury. He was immobilised with the use of a spinal board, neck collar and pelvic splint.

“A medicine that prevents and treats bleeding problems was administered and his airway was maintained. He was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham whose trauma team had been put on alert in anticipation of his arrival.”

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Fatal road traffic collision in Shropshire

Thursday 30th July 2015 – 9.40pm – Chris Kowalik.

A motorcyclist has died after colliding with a tree.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the B4368 between Shipton and Weston shortly after 4.50pm today.

A passing Community First Responder stopped to help until an ambulance crew and a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle arrived.

A man was confirmed dead at the scene.

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Car and motorbike crash in north Staffordshire

 

Thursday 30th July 2015 – 6.25pm – Chris Kowalik.

Two people have been injured in a crash involving a motorbike and a car that then ended up on its roof.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Mucklestone Road and Newcastle Road in Ashley Heath shortly after 3.50pm today.

Two ambulance crews, three paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Staffordshire and Cosford attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The motorcyclist, a man in his twenties, had wrist, eye, head and abdominal injuries and a suspected back injury. Splints were applied to his wrist and pelvis and he was given pain relief before being taken by land ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The car driver, a woman in her fifties, was freed from her upside down vehicle. She had a head injury, a suspected chest injury and back pain. She was given pain relief and anti-sickness drugs and was immobilised before being taken to the same hospital by land ambulance.”

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Van & car in serious collision

Thursday 30th July 2015 – 11.30am – John Hawker.

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A van and car have been in a serious collision this morning in Coventry.

The crash occurred on the Bedworth Road, Longford at around 6.40am.  Three ambulances and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a van and car that had both suffered substantial damage after being in a serious collision.  The van was on its side and the car came to rest between a tree and a road sign.

“The driver of the van, a man believed to be in his 50’s, suffered suspected abdominal injuries.  He received emergency treatment at the scene by medics and his condition was stabilised.  The man was then transferred to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

“The man and woman travelling in the car, both believed to be in their late 20’s, suffered suspected back injuries and also received treatment at the scene by medics.

“Both were transferred by land ambulances to the same hospital for further treatment.

“Considering the damage to the vehicles the occupants were extremely fortunate not to have suffered more serious injuries.”

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Boy falls down cliff face

 

Wednesday 29th July 2015 – 9.35pm – Chris Kowalik.

 

A seven year old boy has suffered a head injury following a fall while out walking with his family.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Stepping Stones in Dovedale, in the Peak District shortly before 4.40pm today.

A Community First Responder was already in the area and was therefore first on scene, joined by an ambulance crew, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire attended. They were helped by wardens from the National Trust which owns the land. The wardens helped to fetch and carry equipment and looked after the parents.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The boy had reportedly fallen about thirty feet and he had a head injury. His head wound was dressed and he was immobilised and given pain relief before being flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”

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Rower resuscitated in Stratford

Wednesday 29th July 2015 – 9.40am – Chris Kowalik.

A defibrillator from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford was used by a third-year medical student on a rower who suffered a suspected heart attack and then a cardiac arrest.

It happened near the theatre and West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly after 8pm, sending an advanced community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance crew and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man, who is believed to be in his fifties, became unwell in his boat which then capsized and he was submerged.

Other rowers got him out of the water and dragged him to the side. When our crews arrived, the medical student had used the defibrillator from the theatre and was giving CPR.

“Crews then administered advanced life support and he was sedated by the air ambulance doctor before being flown to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire and its awaiting trauma team.

“It’s another example of why we want as many defibrillators in public places as possible.”

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Two car collision in Kidderminster

Wednesday 29th July 2015 – 9.40pm – Chris Kowalik.

A man suffered abdominal and shoulder pains when the car he was driving collided with another on the outskirts of Kidderminster in north Worcestershire.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A449 and Park Gate Road shortly after 8.10pm today.

Two rapid response vehicles, an ambulance crew and the MERIT trauma team consisting of a trauma doctor and critical care practitioner attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “All the cars’ occupants were out of their vehicles except for a man in his forties.

“He was freed from his car, was immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher and neck collar, was given pain relief and was taken by land ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.”

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Woman trapped between trailer and its contents

Wednesday 29th July 2015 – 5pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman who was trapped for almost 30 minutes by the contents of a trailer has been treated for a leg injury by ambulance staff in Coventry this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Church Road, Baginton, at 1.20pm and sent an ambulance and a paramedic area support officer to the scene. Crews from the Warwickshire and Northamptionshire Air Ambulance also attended in a rapid response vehicle, as did the police and fire services.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a woman, though to be in her 60s, who had become trapped between a car trailer and some of the contents from inside it.

“It is believed the trailer rocked backwards after being disconnected from a car, causing the woman to fall to the ground. She became trapped when two big wooden crates fell out of the trailer and trapped her leg against the trailer hitch.

“She was given pain relief by ambulance staff who then worked closely alongside the fire service to carefully free the woman, a process which took about 30 minutes.

“Once free she was treated for injuries to her lower right leg, immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher and leg splint and transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.”

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Two motorcyclists killed in tragic incident

Wednesday 29th July 2015 – 1.50pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Two people have died following a collision between two motorbikes in Gailey, Staffordshire this morning.

The incident occurred on the A5 towards Telford, approximately one mile from Gailey Island, shortly after 10am and West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and a community first responder to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two motorbikes that had been in collision.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save either of the two motorcyclists, both men, and they were confirmed dead at the scene.

“A third patient, a woman who was in a van nearby and witnessed the incident, was treated for symptoms of shock, before being discharged at the scene.

“The incident resulted in the closure of the road and it is expected to remain closed for some time.”

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Woman airlifted after suffering serious injuries in RTC

Wednesday 29th July 2015 – 1.40pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A pedestrian has suffered a serious head injury and been airlifted to hospital after colliding with a car in Kidderminster this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Worcester Road shortly before 11am and sent an ambulance, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a woman lying unconscious in the road and a car that had suffered damage to the windscreen.

“The woman, believed to be in her 70s, was treated for a significant head injury and fractures to both of her legs. She was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board.

“She was then airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and was still unconscious on arrival. Unfortunately, her condition is thought to be extremely serious.

“The driver of the car, a man, was uninjured in the incident which has led to significant traffic disruption in the area.”

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Cyclist in road traffic collision in Staffordshire

Wednesday 29th July 2015 – 8.15am – Chris Kowalik.

A cyclist was taken to hospital last night as a precaution after a road traffic collision in Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a report of a cyclist in collision with at least one car in Main Road, Brereton shortly before 7.25pm.

An ambulance crew, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire attended. A passing Community First Responder also stopped to help.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said : “The man who was wearing a cycle helmet was initially reported to have been trapped under a car. Thankfully when crews arrived that turned out not to be the case. It is believed he initially lost consciousness,  but he appeared to have just minor injuries.

“He was immobilised and was flown to Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

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Marquee blows over in strong winds

Tuesday 28th July 2015 – 3.50pm – Chris Kowalik.

Five people were injured today when a marquee on the Three Counties Showground in Malvern blew over in strong winds.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly after 12.35pm today.

Three ambulance crews, a paramedic area support officer, a senior paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The five were struck as they walked into another marquee.

“One man had chest injuries. He was immobilised and analgesia was administered before he was taken on blue lights to Worcester Royal Hospital which had been alerted in anticipation of his arrival.

“One woman had a suspected broken arm. Another woman had a minor head injury. The were both taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“A further two women, one with a minor head injury, the other with a suspected broken ankle, were taken to the Minor Injury Unit at Malvern Community Hospital.”

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BBC Crimewatch – attacks on emergency service staff. See how @OFFICIALWMAS teaches staff conflict resolution training

Tonight at 9pm, Crimewatch on BBC One will feature attacks on emergency service staff.

One of the ways West Midlands Ambulance Service is dealing with the issue is to provide Conflict Resolution Training to frontline staff to help them defuse potentially violent situations.

 

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Man rescued from refuse collection lorry

Tuesday 28th July 2015 – 1.20pm – Chris Kowalik.

A man has been rescued, apparently without any signs of obvious injury, from inside a bin lorry in Warwickshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Avenue Road in Nuneaton shortly before 9.45am.

An ambulance crew, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle, a number of resources from the Hazardous Area Response Team and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “It appears he was asleep in a large industrial bin, the contents of which were tipped into the refuse lorry.

“After the lorry’s machinery had compacted the load, movement was noticed among the rubbish and someone was heard shouting from inside.

“Ambulance crews and the fire service worked together to get him out safely in what was a logistically difficult operation. He could only be safely removed via the top of the vehicle.

“First, the rubbish had to be moved to be able to reach the man who was given pain relief. He was then immobilised inside the lorry. A fire service ladder was placed inside the lorry. Meanwhile, outside, scaffolding was assembled along the side of the vehicle. Ambulance and fire crews lifted him together up the ladder, over the top of the lorry, then down the side using the scaffolding.

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“He had pains to his legs and back but further assessments didn’t reveal any obvious injuries.

“He was taken by land ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.”

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Moped rider found in road with serious traumatic injuries

Tuesday 28th July 2015 – 7.00am – Murray MacGregor.

A moped rider has suffered multiple serious injuries after being found in a road by another motorist.

The incident happened outside the Vauxhall Garage in Trindle Road, Dudley at about 12.30am this morning (Tuesday).

Two ambulances were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found a man of approximately 20 who had suffered serious injuries lying in the road.

“It was not known what had happened to him.

“He had serious injuries to his chest and back and had suffered an open fracture of his knee.

“He was immobilised before being taken on blue lights to the Major Trauma Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for specialist care.”
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Four treated after collision that saw car spun round into hedge

Tuesday 28th July 2015 – 6.50am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has been treated by ambulance crews after her car was spun round and ended up in a hedge after a collision with another car.

The head on crash happened at just after 6.00pm on Monday evening at Blakes Hill, North Littleton near Evesham.

Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Stenshem were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Both cars had suffered fairly substantial damage to the front end. One car was facing the opposite direction to the way it was travelling and was in a hedge.

“The woman driving was trapped for a period but ambulance staff worked with firefighters to get her out safely. She was complaining of minor back, hip and chest pain and was taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch by ambulance.

“There were three people in the other vehicle.

“A 16year old boy who had been in the rear seat had managed to get out of the car but was complaining of right hip pain and had lost many of his front teeth.

“He was airlifted to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for the treatment for his serious facial injuries.

“The driver, a man of about 20 had also got out himself. He had suffered a fractured dislocation of his wrist that required strong pain relief. The paramedic from the air ambulance put the wrist back in place before he was taken by land ambulance to Worcester.

“The front seat passenger of the car was complaining of right knee, but after treatment was discharged on scene.”

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Fantastic response to student paramedic advert

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Monday 27th July 2015 – 3.30pm – Claire Brown.

More than 220 people have so far applied to be life savers since the Trust launched its latest student paramedic recruitment drive last week.

The 70 vacancies went live on NHS jobs at 10.00am on Thursday 23rd July. Within the space of four days, the Trust has already received a staggering 229 job applications.

Louise Harris, Recruitment Advisor, said: “It’s been viewed an incredible 4,201 times on NHS Jobs and, as well as the 229 applications already received, there are also a further 112 live applications online which have yet to be completed and submitted.

“Our recruitment team are now working their way through the hundreds of application forms to begin the process of shortlisting candidates.

“To avoid stumbling at the first hurdle, I would urge applicants to read the application form fully and don’t forget that you need to have applied for your category C1 driving license before you apply for the student paramedic vacancy.

“Please also make sure that you select the appropriate response on the C1 application status question to confirm you have done this to avoid missing out on being shortlisted.

“Thank you and good luck to everyone that has applied so far. If you’re still working on your application, don’t forget that you have until midnight on Thursday 30th July to submit it.”

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Car driver and passenger trapped following lorry RTC on Warks/Northants border

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Monday 27th July 2015 – 10.20am – Claire Brown.

Two men were trapped in their car following a collision with a lorry on the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire border earlier this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision between a car and a lorry on the A5 between Clifton upon Dunsmore and Lilbourne at 5.40am today (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a community paramedic and a BASICS doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a car which had been involved in a significant collision with the rear of a lorry. The driver and passenger of the car, both men, were trapped in the wreckage.

“Ambulance staff assessed both men and found the passenger had sustained suspected serious injuries to his leg and pelvis whilst the driver escaped with less serious injuries.

“Whilst fire colleagues worked to release the two men, ambulance staff and the doctor continued treatment. The passenger was given pain relief before he was extricated from the car and immobilised with a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic splint. The man was then taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, a major trauma centre, for further treatment. The doctor travelled in the back of the ambulance to continue treatment en route. The driver, who had sustained a collarbone injury, was also immobilised and taken to the same hospital for further treatment.”

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Car into house

Monday 27th July 2015 – 9.00am – John Hawker.

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A car has crashed onto a house overnight in Worcestershire leaving a man injured.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to Bransford Road at around 11.20pm last night.  A rapid response vehicle, an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Trusts MERIT Team attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had left the road and crashed into a house.  The car and the house had suffered extensive damage.

“A passenger in the car, a man believed to be in his 20’s, suffered multiple injuries in the crash and received emergency treatment at the scene.  The man was transferred by ambulance to Worcester Royal Hospital for further treatment.

“The woman who was in the house at the time of the crash was shook up by the incident and was checked over by ambulance crews but did not require further treatment.

“No driver of the car was found at the scene.”

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Four injured, two seriously in RTC

Monday 27th July 2015 – 7.00am – John Hawker.

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Four people have been injured, two seriously following an RTC in Hall Green, Birmingham in the early hours of this morning.

The crash occurred on Stratford Road, near the junction of Highfield Road at around 1.30am. Four ambulances a paramedic officer and the Trusts MERIT Team were at the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “An ambulance came across the RTC on the way back to station and immediately requested back up to the scene.

“It is believed a car carrying four people left the road and was in a significant collision with a tree. The car had suffered extensive damage.

“A teenage passenger travelling in the car suffered serious head, chest and leg injuries. The girl, believed to be around 14 years old received emergency treatment at the scene, and due to the serious nature of her injuries was anaesthetised by the trauma Doctor.

“Once the girls condition was stabilised she was transferred by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit for further emergency treatment. The trauma doctor travelled on board the ambulance continuing with treatment to hospital.

“Unfortunately the girls’ injuries were considered life threatening.

“A second teenage girl, believed to be around 19 years old, suffered serious pelvic and hip injuries in the crash. She also received emergency treatment at the scene by medics and was transferred to the same hospital for further treatment.

“A woman, believed to be in her late 40’s, suffered back, leg and arm injuries in the crash. The driver, believed to be a man in his late teens, suffered minor injuries.

“Both received treatment at the scene and were transferred by ambulances to Heartlands Hospital for further treatment.

“Ambulance crews worked seamlessly with other emergency service staff at the scene to ensure the patients received the best treatment as quickly and safely as possible.”

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Miraculous escape for teenagers

Sunday 26th July 2015 – 6.15pm – John Hawker.

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Four teenagers have had a miraculous escape after the car they were travelling in left the road, cleared a fence and landed on its roof in a field in Staffordshire this afternoon.

The crash occurred on the A52 Cotton Lane, Cotton at around 3.00pm. A community first responder, a rapid response vehicle, three ambulances and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had left the road, travelled over a fence at the side of the road, and come to rest around 20 yards into a field on its roof.

“Miraculously the four teenagers travelling in the car all suffered relatively minor injuries. One girl suffered neck and back pain, a second girl suffered abdominal pain and bruising and the two teenage boys suffered a hand injury and the effects of shock. All four were believed to be 17 years old.

“All four patients received treatment at the scene from medics and all four were subsequently transferred by ambulances to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“Thankfully all four teenagers had the good sense to be wearing seat belts which undoubtedly helped to minimise their injuries. Considering the mechanism of the crash, the damage to the vehicle and the distance it has travelled they have all had a miraculous escape.”

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Man seriously injured as car hits tree

Sunday 26th July 2015 – 5.15pm – John Hawker.

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A man has been seriously injured after the car he was driving left the road and hit a tree in Rugby this afternoon.

The crash occurred on the A45, Stretton on Dunsmore at around 12.45pm. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the air crew in a rapid response vehicle from Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had left the road and hit a tree. The car had suffered substantial damage and the man driving was seriously injured.

“The man, believed to be in his early 20’s, suffered serious head, chest, pelvic, leg and arm injuries in the crash and was trapped in the vehicle.

“He received emergency treatment from medics whilst still in the car and he was extricated with the assistance of the fire service. In total he was trapped for around 45 minutes.

“Due to the man’s serious injuries, he was anaesthetised by the trauma doctor before being transferred by land ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency treatment.

“The hospital had been pre alerted to the man’s arrival and serious injuries.

“Unfortunately the man’s injuries were considered life threatening.”

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Driving conditions are difficult today – please slow down and drive safely. #drivetoarrive

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Driving Tips from the RAC:

On the road:

  • Use dipped headlights so that other drivers can see you more easily
  • Don’t use rear fog lights. They can mask your brake lights and dazzle drivers behind you
  • Reduce your speed and leave more space between you and the vehicle in front to account for greater stopping distances – remember the two-second rule
  • Look out for large or fast-moving vehicles creating spray which reduces visibility
  • Listen out for local news bulletins to keep up-to-date with road closures, flooding and forecasts
  • If you break down in torrential rain keep the bonnet closed while waiting for help to arrive, to avoid the electrical system getting soaked
  • Driving too fast through standing water could lead to tyres losing contact with the road.  If your steering suddenly feels light you could be aquaplaning. To regain grip, ease off the accelerator, do not brake and allow your speed to reduce until you gain full control of the steering again
  • Driving fast through deep water can cause serious and expensive damage
  • Be considerate to other road users and try not to spray pedestrians and cyclists as you drive through water


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Driving conditions are difficult today – please so down and drive safely in bad weather #drivetoarrive

Campaigns - Wet Weather - driving

Driving Tips from the RAC:

On the road:

  • Use dipped headlights so that other drivers can see you more easily
  • Don’t use rear fog lights. They can mask your brake lights and dazzle drivers behind you
  • Reduce your speed and leave more space between you and the vehicle in front to account for greater stopping distances – remember the two-second rule
  • Look out for large or fast-moving vehicles creating spray which reduces visibility
  • Listen out for local news bulletins to keep up-to-date with road closures, flooding and forecasts
  • If you break down in torrential rain keep the bonnet closed while waiting for help to arrive, to avoid the electrical system getting soaked
  • Driving too fast through standing water could lead to tyres losing contact with the road.  If your steering suddenly feels light you could be aquaplaning. To regain grip, ease off the accelerator, do not brake and allow your speed to reduce until you gain full control of the steering again
  • Driving fast through deep water can cause serious and expensive damage
  • Be considerate to other road users and try not to spray pedestrians and cyclists as you drive through water


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Child injured after Staffordshire collision

Sunday 26th July 2015 – 10.30am – John Hawker.

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A child has suffered serious injuries after being in collision with a car in Staffordshire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to Burton Rugby Club, Lichfield Street at around 8.40pm. A rapid response paramedic, an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a boy, believed to be four years old that had suffered head and facial injuries in the incident.

“The child received emergency treatment at the scene and his condition was stabilised. The boy was then airlifted to Birmingham Childrens Hospital for further emergency treatment.

“The hospital had been pre alerted to childs arrival by air ambulance and his injuries.”

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Fatal RTC in Coventry

Sunday 26th July 2015 – 10.15am – John Hawker.

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A man has died following an RTC in Coventry last night.

The crash occurred near the junction of Winston Avenue and Winston Close at around 8.00pm.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a BASICS Doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcycle and a car that had been in significant collision.

“The man riding the motorcycle had suffered multiple serious injuries in the crash. Advanced life support was carried out by medics but unfortunately, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The woman and child travelling in the car were shook up in the incident but were both uninjured.”

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Lucky escape for driver as car leaves the road and sets on fire

Saturday 25th July 2015 – 7.40pm – John Hawker.

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A motorist has been extremely fortunate not to have suffered serious injuries as the car she was driving left the road, crashed into a woodland ditch and caught fire.

The crash occurred on Heighley lane, Madeley, Staffordshire at around 2.20pm this afternoon. A community first responder, an ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had left the road and come to rest in a ditch in woodland.

“Fortunately, the woman driving the car had managed to escape from it and was in shock and suffered minor facial injuries.

“The car had set on fire after the crash along with some nearby trees and bushland.

“The woman, believed to be in her 70’s, was treated at the scene for her injuries and the effects of shock and transferred to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“Considering the fire that followed the crash the woman was extremely lucky to escape serious injury.”

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Motorcyclist airlifted after crash

Saturday 25th July 2015 – 7.10pm – John Hawker.

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A motorcyclist has suffered serious injuries after a crash in Warwickshire this morning.

The crash occurred on the A49 Alcester Road, Redhill at around 11.50am. A rapid response paramedic, an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcycle that had been in a serious collision with a car.

“The man riding the motorcycle, believed to be in his early 60’s, suffered pelvic, leg, hip and arm injuries in the crash. He received emergency treatment from medics and his condition was stabilised.

“The man was then airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency treatment.

“The woman driving the car was uninjured in the crash and after being checked over was discharged at the scene by medics.”

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