Taxi driver anaesthetised after being cut free

Tuesday 13th September 2016 – 2.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A taxi driver was trapped for almost 50 minutes, suspended in the air, following a collision with a car this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to St Lukes Road in Coventry just after 10.30am and sent an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance crew, in a rapid response vehicle, to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a taxi wedged up in the air, on top of a car and against a wall following the collision. Both vehicles had suffered significant damage.

“The taxi driver, a man believed to be in his 40s, was trapped inside his vehicle. All three emergency services worked closely together in order to determine the best way to get him out and to safety.

“The man, who crews were told had initially been knocked unconscious in the incident, was conscious when ambulance staff arrived.

“He was cut free from the taxi, assessed and treated for a suspected head injury as well as right arm and right leg fractures.

“In order to stabilise the man’s condition he was anaesthetised at the scene by a doctor from the air ambulance crew before being transferred by land ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire with a police escort.

“The driver of the car, a man believed to be 17-years-old, was out of his vehicle on arrival of ambulance staff and had escaped with very minor injuries.”IMG_5505.JPGIMG_5513.JPG

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Notes to Editors:

If used, please credit the images to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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