Man seriously injured in collision on M6 in Coventry

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Friday 24th March 2017 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.

A collision involving two lorries and two cars on the M6 in Coventry this morning has left one man with serious injuries.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call reporting an RTC on the southbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 3 and 2 just before 8.30am this morning (Friday). Four ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a medic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a car which had collided with the rear of a lorry. The driver, a man in his 50s, was trapped in the wreckage. Ambulance staff and the medic administered treatment to the man whilst the fire service worked to extricate him from the car. The man had suffered serious injuries and required advanced trauma care on scene before being taken by land ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire; the doctor travelled on board to continue treatment en route.

“The occupants of the two lorries and car were all out of their vehicles. One lorry driver, a man in his 40s, was discharged on scene. The second lorry driver, a man in his 30s, suffered leg pain and was given pain relief on scene before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. The driver of the second car, a woman in her 30s, had back pain and was given analgesia by ambulance staff before she too was taken to the same hospital. Two young children and a man who were in the car with her were checked over by ambulance staff but were uninjured.”

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Strength of modern cars protects woman from what could have been very serious crash

Thursday 23rd March 2017 – 12.05pm – Murray MacGregor.

The strength of modern cars has once again saved a driver from serious injuries after the vehicle managed to get on the wrong side of a crash barrier and strike an overhead sign gantry

The incident happened on the M6 Toll just before junction T1 at Coleshill at about 9.05am this morning (Thursday).

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a silver car that had very significant front end damage.  The car had left the motorway to the nearside, gone down the grass verge and collided with the gantry leaving an almost perfect square indent into the bonnet.

“Despite significant intrusion within the passenger compartment, the woman was able to get out and was sitting in a car that had stopped at the scene.

“Astonishingly, the 39 year old was only complaining of seatbelt pain and had a number of small lacerations but essentially escaped with minor injuries.  She was taken to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire as a precaution.

“Once again the design of modern cars, use of a seat belt and airbags have saved the woman from what could have been extremely serious injuries or worse, not so many years ago.”

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Two critical after serious crash on Cannock Chase

Thursday 23rd March 2017 – 10.51am – Murray MacGregor.

Two men have suffered critical injuries after a serious crash on Cannock Chase.

The three car crash happened at junction of Birches Valley and Marquis Drive at about 5.20pm on Wednesday afternoon.

Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, with two doctors and a critical care paramedic on board, were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found two cars that had suffered very considerable damage – one had left the road and was on the verge.

“A man of approximately 30 years was airlifted to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital with multiple injuries.

“A 52 year old man in the second car also suffered multiple injuries and was taken by land ambulance to the same major trauma centre with the second doctor travelling with the crew.

“The third driver, a 43 year old man was assessed for back pain at the scene but chose not to go to hospital so was discharged with advice.”

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Pedestrian dies in Rubery

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Wednesday 22nd March 2017 – 12.30pm – Claire Brown.

A woman has died after a collision with a car in Birmingham this morning.

The incident happened near to the Co-op supermarket on New Road in Rubery shortly after 10.30am (Wednesday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and a BASICS medic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a pedestrian, a woman, who had been involved in a collision with a car. Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead on scene.

“The occupants of the car, a woman and two young boys, were understandably shaken but after assessment were found to be uninjured and didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Motorcyclist dies in Kidderminster

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Wednesday 22nd March 2017 – 9.20am – Claire Brown.

Despite the life-saving efforts of our staff on scene, a motorcyclist sadly couldn’t be revived in Kidderminster this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call reporting a collision involving a motorcyclist and a lorry on the Hartlebury Trading Estate in Hartlebury, Kidderminster shortly after 5.30am today (Wednesday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The motorcyclist, a man, was in cardiac arrest and the team of ambulance staff and the doctor commenced advanced life support on scene. Sadly, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.”
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Honestly, he was so so lucky!

Wednesday 22nd March 2017 – 8.40am – Murray MacGregor.

“Honestly, he was so, so lucky!”

The words of one of the paramedics who was left amazed after seeing the teenage driver of a van get out of a crash with relatively minor injuries despite huge damage to the front of the vehicle he was in.

The crash happened at about 9.45pm on Tuesday evening on the southbound M6 just before junction 10a, the M54.

Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the MERIT Trauma Doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a blue van that was embedded under the rear of an articulated lorry.

“Due to the level of damage, it took firefighters an hour to cut away enough of the van to allow the two people inside the van to get out; throughout, the pair were receiving care from ambulance staff.

“The 18 year old driving, who comes from Warwickshire, escaped with only a broken left wrist. After being assessed by the doctor at the scene, he was taken to Walsall Manor Hospital.

“The man’s 8 year sister, who was in the front passenger seat, escaped uninjured.  After being assessed, she was discharged at the scene.

“The man driving the lorry was unhurt but a bit shaken.”

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Two men die in Whitchurch collision

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Tuesday 21st March 2017 – 5.00pm – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian and a motorcyclist have died following a collision in Shropshire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call from North West Ambulance Service reporting a collision involving a pedestrian and a motorcyclist on the A525 Nantwich Road between Broughall and Whitchurch shortly before 3.30pm (Tuesday).

A community paramedic, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Strensham and Cosford were sent to the scene; one air ambulance had a MERIT trauma doctor on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a pedestrian and a motorcyclist who were both in cardiac arrest. Sadly, it quickly became apparent to ambulance staff that nothing could be done to save the pedestrian, a man, and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“Ambulance staff and the doctor administered advanced life support to the motorcyclist but despite their efforts he was unable to be saved.

“The road remains closed.”

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Bus crash in Coventry

Monday 20th March 2017 – 12.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

Four people have avoided serious injury despite a collision between a double decker bus, a 4×4 and a house.

The incident happened at about 6.45am this morning in Keresley Road, Coventry.

Two ambulances and a paramedic area support officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a double decker bus that was up against a house; the house had sustained structural damage.  A Land Rover Discovery was near-by with front end damage.

“There were three people on the bus.  The driver, a 44 year old man had sustained a graze to his right knee but was otherwise unhurt.  A 27 year old man who had been on the rear seat had a minor laceration to his lower right leg and a man estimated to be in his 50s had a minor graze.  All three were discharged after treatment at the scene.

“The driver of the Discovery, a 54 year old man had managed to get out of the vehicle himself and was treated for shock, but again was discharged.

“Thankfully, despite the damage to the house, no-one inside had been hurt.”

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Pedestrian fatally injured in RTC

 

Friday 17th March 2017 – 9.10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman has died following a collision with a car last night (Thursday).

The incident happened on Ashbourne Road in Leek shortly before 6.40pm and West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an ambulance and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “An ambulance crew was on scene in less than four minutes and found the woman lying in the road following the collision.

“Having suffered serious injuries, the woman was found to be in cardiac arrest. Ambulance staff immediately began administering CPR and advanced life support.

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

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

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Man fatally injured in RTC

 

Thursday 16th March 2017 – 1.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A man has died following a collision between a car and a tree this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A422 Stratford Road, near to Upton Snodsbury in Worcestershire, shortly after 8.50am and sent two ambulances and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered a car that had collided with a tree and a man trapped inside.

“Crews assessed the man in the car but unfortunately it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“There were no other patients from the incident.”

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Lichfield darts league donates money to WMAS in player’s memory

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Thursday 16th March 2017 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.

A darts league has hit the bullseye with local ambulance staff in Lichfield after a generous donation in memory of a former player.

Lichfield and District Ladies Darts League visited Lichfield Ambulance Hub this week to present £460 to thank their local ambulance staff. The donation comes after the league said goodbye to darts player Mandy Perks who sadly passed away in August last year. Despite the tragic outcome, her husband was so grateful to the ambulance service’s help that he and the darts team she played for wanted to do something in return in Mandy’s memory.

Marion Toon, chair of the darts league, visited the ambulance hub with Treasurer Alison Fisher and Secretary Jenny Sawyer to officially present the donation to Lichfield hub’s Assistant Area Manager Michelle Kelly on Tuesday 14th March.

Marion said: “Last year we tragically lost one of our ladies, Mandy Perks, who unfortunately died really young. Her husband asked us if we would donate money to West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Lichfield hub as they were so helpful when he dialled 999 in August. It’s been very nice to come and visit the Lichfield hub and we hope the money comes to some use to our local ambulance staff.”

Michelle, said: “It’s been really nice to meet the ladies from the local darts league and we thank them for their kind donation. This money is very much appreciated and will be put towards the social side of the hub for items such as tea, coffee and study books for our ambulance staff.”

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Two men taken to a major trauma centre after a crash

Wednesday 15th March 2017 – 9.30am – Murray MacGregor.

Two men have been injured, one seriously after a crash that left two cars with substantial damage.

It happened at the junction of Leamington Road and Bullimore Grove in Kenilworth at about 6.25pm on Tuesday evening.

Two ambulances and a paramedic area support officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found the driver of one of the cars trapped.  Working with firefighters, the man was cut free.

“The 55 year old had a head injury and a number of fractures.  He was immobilised, had a pelvic binder fitted and had his other fractures splinted before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.

“The driver of the other car, a 41 year old man had suffered relatively minor injuries, but due to the nature of the collision was also taken to the major trauma centre as a precaution.”

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Lucky escape for driver in Coventry

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Tuesday 14th March 2017 – 4.30pm – Claire Brown.

A woman has escaped with just minor injuries despite her car ending up sideways on a concrete barrier following a collision with a lorry.

The collision happened on Ringway Whitefriars near to Coventry University shortly before 3.00pm this afternoon (Tuesday). An ambulance and a senior paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival ambulance staff found a car which had ended up on its side and facing the wrong way, leaning against the central reservation barrier. Thankfully, the driver of the car, a woman in her late teens, escaped with just a minor leg injury. She was assessed and treated on scene but didn’t require hospital treatment. The lorry driver was uninjured.”

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Cyclist seriously injured in Redditch

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Tuesday 14th March 2017 – 3.45pm – Claire Brown.

A woman who came off her bicycle this morning has been rushed to a major trauma centre after suffering serious injuries.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to Bates Hill in Redditch shortly before midday this morning (Tuesday). An ambulance, a responder paramedic and two Midlands Air Ambulances, one with a MERIT trauma doctor on board, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they were told the woman, believed to be in her 20s, was thrown over the handlebars of her bicycle and had landed on the road.

“The woman suffered serious injuries and require advanced trauma care on scene by the team of ambulance staff. The woman was transferred to the land ambulance before being conveyed on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.”

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Who would do such a thing?

Monday 13th March 2017 – 10.40am – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly cardiac patient being taken to hospital had his treatment delayed and a crew was left shocked after a man threw a stone at an ambulance travelling on a dual carriageway, shattering the window.

The incident happened at just after midnight on Sunday morning on the southbound carriageway of the A449 near the Mitre Oak pub.

A second ambulance had to be sent to take the patient to hospital.  A paramedic area support officer and West Mercia Police attended the scene to try and find the attacker.

Emergency Medical Technician, Steve Hopkins, was driving the vehicle at the time: “We were taking an elderly patient with suspected cardiac related chest pains into Worcestershire Royal Hospital when we were coming down the A449.

“I remember seeing three lads, who were probably late teens, dressed in black who were walking towards Kidderminster.  At the last minute I caught sight of the one in the middle throwing something and the next second the passenger window in the cab exploded covering me in glass.

“It was a real shock but thankfully I wasn’t hurt. To be honest, I was more concerned about our patient.  It’s a stressful enough situation without something like this happening.

“I just can’t understand why anyone would do something like this to any vehicle, never mind an ambulance.  The potential for a crash and serious injuries is enormous.”

WMAS Security and Safety Manager, Steve Elliker, added: “Although police did attend and searched the area, there was no trace of the three youths.

“No-one can defend their actions.  We would appeal for anyone who knows anything about this incident to contact police.

“Thankfully, no-one was seriously hurt, but we could easily have ended up with the vehicle leaving the road and then who knows what could have happened.

“Someone knows who did this.  I would urge you to do the right thing and pass on your information to police or Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote incident 2S of 12th March.  Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Motorcyclist suffers fatal injuries

 

Friday 10th March 2017 – 10.15am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A motorcyclist has died following a collision with a barrier in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Dartmouth Middleway and Aston Circus at 4.15am and sent an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcyclist, a man, in cardiac arrest following a single vehicle collision.

“CPR was commenced immediately and advanced life support was also administered.

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

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Five hurt after three car crash; but it could have been so much worse

Thursday 9th March 2017 – 7.45am – Murray MacGregor.

Five people have been hurt after a three car crash.

It happened at the junction of the A442 and Curslow Lane to the south of Kidderminster at around 2.45pm on Wednesday afternoon.

A rapid response vehicle came across the incident shortly after it had happened.  A further four ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Two of the cars had suffered significant damage, while the third was relatively undamaged.

“Three people were initially trapped in the wreckage of the badly damaged cars; two in one car and one in the other.

“Ambulance staff treated the patients while firefighters set about cutting them free.

“The most seriously injured person was a man in his 30s who was airlifted to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with a head injury, wrist fracture, a leg injury and a possible fracture to his pelvis.  He was immobilised and had a pelvic binder put in place.

“The other four patients injured were all men; they were less serious and all went to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“They were a 35 year old with lower back pain and left wrist pain; a 21 year old man with seat belt pain; a 24 year old with hip pain and a man in his 20s with facial and leg injuries.”

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Two people have died after a stabbing incident

Wednesday 8th March 2017 – 11.55am – Murray MacGregor.

Two people have died and two others have been injured after an incident in Wolverhampton.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Leasowes Drive in the Penn area at 9.46am today (Wednesday).

The Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford, Strensham and Staffordshire were all sent to the scene along with three land ambulances, three paramedic officers and the West Midlands Care Team Doctor.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A man and woman estimated to be in their 30s had suffered very serious stab wounds.  Sadly, despite best efforts by ambulance staff, it was not possible to save either of them and they were confirmed dead at scene.

“Another woman in her 50s was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with potentially life threatening stab wounds to her stomach.  Aircrew paramedics traveeled with the patient to provide additional treatment en route.

“A police officer who was sent to the scene suffered a minor injury.  He was assessed by ambulance staff and was discharged after treatment.”

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Three seriously injured after assualt

Wednesday 8th March 2017 – 10.25am – Murray MacGregor.

Three patients have suffered serious injuries after an assault.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Sefton Drive in Bomere Heath to the north of Shrewsbury at just after 8.10am this morning.

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Staffordshire were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A middle aged woman who was outside the property had suffered a stab wound to the chest.  After assessment and treatment at the scene, she was airlifted to a major trauma centre.

“A middle aged man inside the property had suffered multiple stab injuries.  His condition was also stabilised before being airlifted to a major trauma centre.

“An elderly woman was also found in the property with a serious head injury.  She has been taken by land ambulance to a trauma unit after receiving treatment at the scene.”

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Motorcyclist airlifted after suffering multiple injuries

Wednesday 8th March 2017 – 9.10am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has been airlifted to a major trauma centre with multiple injuries after a crash on a country road.

The incident happened at about 4.20pm on Tuesday afternoon on the road between Moseley and Wichenford in Worcestershire.

Initial reports suggested the patient was in an extremely serious condition after colliding with a telegraph pole so a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham were sent.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, the patient was assessed and found to be in a critical condition.  The ambulance staff immediately requested a doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford was also dispatched with a trauma doctor on board.

“The man, believed to be in his 30s, had suffered multiple injuries and was treated at the scene.  After being immobilised he was airlifted to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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Five assessed after flat fire

Monday 6th March 2017 – 4.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

Five people have been assessed by ambulance staff after a flat fire.

The incident in Redway Court, Mount View, Sutton Coldfield happened at just after 1.30pm on Monday afternoon.

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Hazardous Area Response Team were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Firefighters used a ladder to rescue two adult women and two young children from a third floor flat.

“Thankfully, none of those rescued were suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation and they were all discharged at the scene.

“Ambulance staff carried out assessments on a 29 year old woman, a 17 month old boy and a 3 month old girl.  A second adult woman declined an assessment.

“An 82 year old woman and a 49 year old man who were in the same block were also assessed by ambulance staff; both were discharged after check-ups on their breathing.”

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Young boy airlifted after collision with car

Monday 6th March 2017 – 12.40pm – Murray MacGregor.

A young boy has been airlifted to the region’s paediatric major trauma centre after he was involved in a collision with a car.

The incident happened at about 8.45am on Shobnall Street in Burton On Trent between Shobnall Close and Casey Lane.

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were initially sent.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The first update from the scene said the child was unconscious so the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a trauma doctor on board was also sent.

“The five year old had a suspected head injury.

“After assessment at the scene, the youngster was taken by land ambulance to the Staffordshire aircraft which had landed on playing fields nearby, for the flight to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“The driver of the car involved was assessed at the scene, but the man was discharged.  A woman from the car immediately behind the one involved was also assessed and discharged.”

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Van leaves motorway and goes down steep embankment

Monday 6th March 2017 – 11.48am – Murray MacGregor.

A van driver has been airlifted after his van left a busy motorway and went down an embankment into a bush.

The incident happened on the M42 just before junction 3a for the M40 on the northbound carriageway.

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and the Hazardous Area Response Team were sent to the scene after a number of 999 calls at about 8.05am this morning, Monday.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a panel van that had left the motorway to the nearside, gone down a steep embankment and ended up in shrubs.

“The driver, a 38 year old man, was trapped by his leg in the vehicle.  Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate the man.

“He had suffered injuries to his head, left leg and foot, possible damage to his pelvis and had neck and back pain.

“He was immobilised and assessed at the scene before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.”

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Man suffers fatal injuries near Tamworth

 

Friday 3rd March 2017 – 2.40pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A man, found lying next to a moped and a wall, has sadly been confirmed deceased by ambulance staff.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Main Street in Clifton Campville at 7.34am this morning and sent an ambulance, a community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews discovered a moped trapped between a lamppost and a wall.

“The patient, a man, was lying the other side of the wall and was trapped.

“Ambulance staff quickly assessed him but unfortunately, it soon became apparent that nothing could be done to save the patient and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Man falls 50ft from tree

 

Friday 3rd March 2017 – 2pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A man appears to have had a very lucky escape after falling approximately 50ft from a tree.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Watling Street in Cannock, near to the OK Diner, shortly before 9.25am and sent an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man, believed to be in his 30s, landed in a house garden after falling from the tree.

“Following assessment from ambulance staff he was treated for injuries to his left arm and lower back. He had also suffered a minor head injury.

“He was given pain relief and immobilised before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance for further treatment.

“The man, who was wearing a helmet and protective equipment, appears to have been incredibly fortunate not to have suffered more serious injuries in the incident.”

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Man suffers fatal injuries in house fire

 

Friday 3rd March 2017 – 9am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

 

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A man has died and two other people required treatment from ambulance staff following a house fire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Belmont Road in Malvern just before 9.50pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A man was rescued from the house by the fire service and found to be in cardiac arrest.

“CPR began immediately and ambulance staff also administered advanced life support.

“However, despite everyone’s best efforts, it unfortunately became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A man from a neighbouring property, believed to be in his 50s, was treated for minor smoke inhalation whilst a third man found nearby, believed to be in his 40s, was treated for a minor head injury. Both were able to be discharged on scene.”

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Motorist suffers fatal injuries

 

Thursday 2nd March 2017 – 4pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A man has died following a single vehicle road traffic collision this morning in which his car came to rest on its roof.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Woodrow Lane in Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire, shortly after 9.55am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a senior paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews were told that the car had initially collided with a bush before coming to rest on its roof.

“Police at the scene had already got the man out of the vehicle and started CPR after finding him in cardiac arrest.

“Ambulance staff took over and administered advanced life support but unfortunately it soon became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Man rescued after falling 60ft down embankment

 

Thursday 2nd March 2017 – 12.10pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A near three-hour rescue operation was carried out yesterday after a man fell approximately 60ft down a steep embankment.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a disused railway line beneath the junction of Boathorse Road and Burns Close in Kidsgrove, at 4.30pm. An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, a senior paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered the patient, a man believed to be in his 30s, who had fallen down an embankment.

“The man was lying in a ravine and due to the boggy nature of the land, conditions proved extremely difficult in which to rescue him.

“Ambulance staff immobilised the man with the use of a scoop stretcher and moved him to more solid ground in order to allow the fire service to bring him to safety and back up the embankment.

“The man, who had a slightly reduced level of consciousness initially, was treated for leg and hip injuries before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital by land ambulance.

“The doctor from the air ambulance travelled with the patient to continue treatment en-route to the hospital.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in RTC

 

Wednesday 1st March 2017 – 9.15am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A pedestrian has been seriously injured following a collision with a car last night (Tuesday).

It happened on Foleshill Road in Coventry at 6.45pm and West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an ambulance and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found the pedestrian, a man believed to be in his 20s, lying in the road.

“Crews quickly assessed the man and began treating him for multiple serious injuries, including to his head, pelvis, shoulder blade and leg.

“The man, who was suffering from a slightly reduced level of consciousness, was immobilised and given pain relief before being transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“The hospital had been pre-alerted to the man’s condition prior to his arrival.

“The car driver was unhurt in the incident.”

 

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Lorry, car and van collide in Bedworth

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Tuesday 28th February 2017 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.

A car driver has suffered multiple serious injuries after a collision with a lorry in Coventry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a road traffic collision involving a lorry, car and van on Astley Lane in Bedworth shortly after 7.30am (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a senior paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The lorry had ended up on its side in the collision and the car had sustained serious damage. The car driver, a man in his 30s, was assessed by ambulance staff and found to have sustained multiple injuries but was conscious. The man was trapped in the wreckage and whilst ambulance staff worked to stabilise his injuries, the fire service worked around them to release him from the car. The man was given pain relief and fully immobilised before being taken by land ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire; the doctor travelled on board to continue treatment en route.

“The lorry driver, a man in his 50s, had managed to climb out of his overturned vehicle prior to our arrival. He had suffered back pain and was taken to George Eliot hospital as a precaution.

“The van driver, a woman in her 20s, was treated for the effects of shock but was uninjured and didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Fatal flat fire

 

Friday 24th February 2017 – 2.20pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman has died after being rescued from a fire at a flat this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Humphris Street in Warwick at 8am and sent an ambulance and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, fire crews were searching the building.

“They rescued a woman from the property who was found to be in cardiac arrest.

“Ambulance staff immediately began CPR and administered advanced life support. This continued whilst the patient was transported to Warwick Hospital.

“Unfortunately, shortly after arrival at the hospital it became apparent that nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed deceased.”

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Woman hit on head by carport roof

 

Thursday 23rd February 2017 – 4.40pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman has been treated for a serious head injury and taken to hospital after being hit by a carport roof this afternoon.

The incident happened at a property off Hartshill Road in Hartshill, Stoke on Trent, shortly before 2.15pm and West Midlands Ambulance Service sent one ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews were told the roof fell down and hit the woman, which subsequently caused her to collide with a wall.

“The woman, believed to be in her 60s, was treated for a serious head injury and was suffering from a slightly reduced level of consciousness.

“She was also treated for injuries to her face, hand and chest and immobilised before being transported to Royal Stoke University Hospital, where staff had been alerted to the woman’s condition prior to arrival.”

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Woman to major trauma centre

a449-prestwood-23-2-17-1Thursday 23rd February 2017 – 4.15pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has been taken to a major trauma centre after the 4×4 she was in rolled down an embankment into trees after a crash with another 4×4.

It happened on the A449 at Prestwood just before 1.30pm this afternoon, Thursday.

Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the critical care paramedics from the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire, who are responding on a car today, were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found one 4×4 with significant front end damage, but a second one down an embankment in trees after it had rolled over.

“The 67 year old woman driving the second vehicle had a fractured ankle and chest injuries.  Her condition was stabilised before she was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“There were two people in the other 4×4.  The driver, a 50 year old man was complaining of back pain and had multiple abrasions.  The 49 year old woman had seatbelt injuries.  Both were taken to Russells Hall Hospital.”

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Tree crushes car roof

Thursday 23rd February 2017 – 1.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

Two people have had a lucky escape after a tree crushed the roof of the car they were in.

It happened on Coventry Road in Nuneaton near where it becomes a dual carriageway.

Two ambulances were sent to the scene after a 999 call at 12.05pm today (Thursday).

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a car that had suffered considerable damage to the roof, with the ceiling being pushed down into the vehicle.

The 17 year old woman driving had managed to get out of the car herself but was complaining of neck and shoulder pain.  She was immobilised before being taken to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.

A 46 year old man in the passenger seat was complaining of head pain.  After assessment he was discharged at scene.”

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Woman dies after debris falls

Thursday 23rd February 2017 – 1.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has died after a piece of debris fell onto the street in Wolverhampton.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received no fewer than 15 999 emergency calls at 11.43am this morning Thursday to Dudley Street outside Starbucks.

Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the critical care paramedics from the Midlands Air Ambulance in Staffordshire, who responded on a rapid response vehicle, were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a woman who had suffered very serious head injuries.

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

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Two hurt after tree falls on car

Thursday 23rd February 2017 – 12.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

Two men have been hurt after a tree came down on their car on a rural road.

The incident happened on the A49 Just north of Church Stretton in Shropshire at about 9.30am on Thursday morning.

A paramedic area support officer, two ambulances, a MERIT Trauma doctor and the Hazardous Area Response Team were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a red Ford Focus that had a large tree lying across the bonnet of the car and the rest of the road.

The front seat passenger, a man in his 80s, had suffered a laceration to his neck and was complaining of chest pain.  He was assessed by the doctor who took the decision to take him to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital – the doctor travelled with the crew.

“His wife, who was a rear seat passenger in the car, also travelled to the same hospital though she was uninjured.

“The driver, a 75 year old man, had neck pain and seatbelt pain in his chest.  He was assessed before being taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.”

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Motorcyclist dies in collision with car

Wednesday 22nd February 2017 – 9.35am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A motorcyclist has died following a collision with a car last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A444 in Nuneaton, near to Griff Roundabout, shortly after 7.35pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two patients, a man from the motorbike and a woman from the car.

“The man was found to be in cardiac arrest. Unfortunately it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The woman, believed to be in her 30s, was treated for a leg injury and a minor cut to the head. She was then transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment.”

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Woman escapes serious injury as car catches fire on motorway

 

Tuesday 21st February 2017 – 5.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman has escaped serious injury despite her car being destroyed in a fire on the motorway this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision between a car and a lorry on the southbound carriageway of the M40, between junctions 13 and 12, at 11.35am. One ambulance and a paramedic area support officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene crews discovered a lorry and a car that had been in collision, the latter of which was ablaze.

“Thankfully, the driver, a woman believed to be in her 20s, had already got out of the vehicle prior to it setting on fire.

“She was treated by ambulance crews for back pain suffered in the collision and given pain relief before being transported to Warwick Hospital for further assessment.

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

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Specialist stretcher used to rescue woman

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Monday 20th February 2017 – 5.10pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman who was out enjoying the countryside has ended up in hospital after suffering a nasty leg injury and having to be rescued by specialist paramedics and Lickey Hills Country Park staff.

The 39 year old was on the Woodpecker Trail, about a mile from the visitor centre just after midday, when she slipped and suffered a suspected fractured ankle.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “An ambulance crew was initially dispatched but they couldn’t get their vehicle anywhere near the patient.

“The Warden took them in a LandRover to about 200m of the woman’s position which was in a densely wooded area.

“After assessing her condition it was clear that they would need assistance so requested the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) be sent.

“While HART were en-route, the ambulance crew provided pain relief and splinted the woman’s ankle.

“On arrival, HART used their Fairtech stretcher to get the patient across rough ground to the LandRover.  The stretcher has two large wheels that enables it to be used where normal stretchers cant.

“She was then driven down to the waiting ambulance before being taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.”

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Trust increases HART teams to a magnificent seven

 

Friday 17th February 2017 – 3.40pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is investing over £400,000 to strengthen its Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) beyond the standard national requirements.

The Trust has to have 42 HART paramedics, which breaks down into seven teams of six. However, in order to add extra resilience, WMAS has employed an extra seven HART paramedics to ensure an operational capability of seven teams of seven.

HART provides paramedic care to patients within a hazardous environment that would otherwise be beyond the reach of NHS care. This can include working at height, collapsed structures or within contaminated environments. HART staff can also operate within the Warm Zone of a firearms incidents to triage, treat and extricate patients.

Having an additional seventh member of the team also allows them to provide a more robust response to HART incidents but also the seventh member of the team can work with Trust staff at bariatric incidents using specialist equipment that has been issued to HART. All ambulances are able to carry a bariatric stretcher. They are held at each hub as well as specialist bariatric vehicles across the Trust.

HART and Special Operations Manager for WMAS, James Price, said: “The significance of the Trust’s decision to extend our HART teams cannot be underestimated.

“Not only does it give us increased resilience in terms of a job HART are required to attend, it also further develops the skillset of an additional seven members of staff into the diverse operating environment of Hazardous Area Response Teams.

“By increasing the number of HART paramedics within the West Midlands, we are further enhancing the service patients receive throughout the region when calling 999 in their hour of need.”

WMAS trialled the Urban Search and Rescue element of HART in 2008, before going fully live with the incident response unit and its associated specialist vehicles in 2009. During the next two years WMAS HART was at the forefront of implementing both the inland water capability and firearms element that can now be seen in HART teams across the country.

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A teenage pedestrian’s been left in a critical condition after a crash with a car

Thursday 16th February 2017 – 4.05pm – Murray MacGregor.

A teenager has suffered critical injuries after a collision with a car.

The collision happened at the junction of Church Road and Horrell Road in the Sheldon area of Birmingham at around 7.35am this morning (Thursday).

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, a senior paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a trauma doctor on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, they found a 14 year old girl who had suffered a serious head injury along with a nasty wound to her leg.

“She was immobilised and had a pelvic binder applied.  The doctor from the aircraft anaesthetised her at the scene before she was taken on blue lights to the region’s paediatric major trauma centre at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”

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Lucky escape after RTC on motorway

Thursday 16th February 2017 – 3.37pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman, whose car hit the central reservation of a busy motorway after a collision with an HGV, has escaped with almost no injury.

The incident, which left her car with significant damage, happened at about 8.30am this morning (Thursday) on the M40 northbound just after Junction 12.

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were sent to the scene.  In addition two off duty staff from East Midlands and South Central Ambulance Services stopped to offer assistance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The car had suffered very significant damage down the nearside, but the driver’s side had escaped the worst of it.  This allowed the 30 year old woman from Slough to get out of the vehicle unaided.

“In addition, the crash damaged the central reservation and left debris on both the southbound and northbound carriageways.

“Considering the damage to the car, the woman escaped with remarkably minor injuries.  She  had a minor injury to her shoulder, face and a hand.

“Due to the nature of the crash, she was taken by land ambulance to Warwick Hospital for further assessment.”

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Motorcyclist dies after collision with car

Thursday 16th February 2017 – 10.00am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has died after a collision with a car.

The crash happened on Cannock Road in the Chase Terrace area of Burntwood at about 5.45pm on Wednesday afternoon.

Two community first responders from the Burntwood scheme were sent along with an ambulance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The rider was initially conscious and talking to staff as they assessed his condition.

“He was immobilised and had a pelvic binder put in place and was en-route to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham by ambulance when his condition deteriorated rapidly and he suffered a cardiac arrest.

“The crew diverted to the nearest emergency department at Walsall Manor Hospital whilst resuscitating the patient.

“The MERIT Trauma doctor was sent to the hospital in preparation to transfer the patient to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, but sadly, his condition did not improve and he passed away at hospital yesterday evening.”

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Car goes up ‘off’ ramp at Spaghetti Junction

Wednesday 15th February 2017 – 6.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

Three drivers have been very fortunate to escape serious injury after a car went up the ‘off’ ramp at the Gravelly Hill Interchange, better known as Spaghetti Junction.

Two ambulances were sent to the scene after the incident at about 3.30pm this afternoon, Wednesday.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found three cars, two badly damaged both with front end damage, and a third at right angles to the road.

“The driver of the dark coloured Vauxhall was an 80 year old.  He was suffering from abdominal pains but no other obvious injury.  After treatment at the scene, he was taken by ambulance to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment.

“The driver of the silver car that had been coming down the off ramp was a man in his 40s.  He had a head injury and appeared slightly concussed.  After assessment, he too was taken to Heartlands Hospital for further treatment.

“The man driving the third car, a Lexus, was uninjured and didn’t want assessed by ambulance staff.

“Considering the location, this had the potential to be a very serious incident and it is more than fortunate that the injuries were not more serious.”

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Child comes out of pushchair after collision with car

Wednesday 15th February 2017 – 4.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

A young child has suffered serious injuries after a collision between a car and the pushchair that the youngster was in.

It happened in Pinfold Street, Darlaston outside the Darlaston Health Centre at about 10.10am this morning, Wednesday.

An ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The 4 month old girl came out of the pushchair as a result of the collision.

“She had suffered injuries to both arms and her head.  After treatment at the scene, she was taken to Walsall Manor Hospital for further assessment with her mother travelling with her.

“There were no other patients.”

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Teenage pedestrian hurt after crash with car

Tuesday 14th February 2017 – 7.45am – Murray MacGregor.

A teenager has suffered serious injuries after a collision with a car.

The incident happened in Mytton Lane, Shawbury in Shropshire at about 3.55pm on Monday afternoon.

A rapid response vehicle and an ambulance were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The 16 year old ended up on the pavement after the collision.

“He had suffered a head injury as well as a badly broken right leg.

“Ambulance staff splinted his leg and immobilised him berfore he was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on blue lights.”

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Driver suffers serious injuries

Monday 13th February 2017 – 4.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has suffered multiple serious injuries after a collision between the car she was driving with a lorry.

The crash happened at about 1.50pm on the island under the junction of the A53 and A500 in Stoke on Trent.

Two ambulances and two emergency doctors from the North Staffordshire BASICS scheme were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The car had suffered very considerable damage.

“Ambulance staff and the doctors worked with firefighters to extricate the woman.

“She had suffered multiple serious injuries.  After treatment at the scene, the woman, who is believed to be about 30, was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre with one of the doctors travelling with the ambulance crew.”

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Fatal house fire

Friday 10th February 2017 – 8.34am – Murray MacGregor.

One person has died after a severe fire at a house in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Servce was called to City Road in the Edgbaston area at around 4.40am this morning, Friday.

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the MERIT Trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found firefighters tackling a fire that had affected two properties.

“The building was very badly damaged and sadly, the body of one person was found inside.

“The Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team has now also been dispatched to the scene to assist firefighters.”

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Man in serious condition after fall from scooter

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Thursday 9th February 2017 – 5.30pm – Claire Brown.

A man needed trauma care from ambulance staff after falling from a scooter in Halesowen this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call from the police reporting a road traffic collision on Manor Lane in Halesowen at 2.15pm (Thursday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival ambulance staff found a man in his 20s who had reportedly fallen from a scooter. The man was unconscious and, upon assessment, was found to have sustained a serious head injury. Ambulance staff and the doctor worked as a team to help stabilise his condition ready for immediate transfer to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham by land ambulance; the doctor travelled in the ambulance to continue treatment en route.”

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Motorcyclist airlifted with serious injuries

 

Thursday 9th February 2017 – 10.10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A man has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after falling from his motorbike this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Eastern Avenue in Lichfield shortly before 7.30am 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 on scene to discover a motorcyclist lying in the road with his motorbike nearby. No other vehicles are believed to have been involved in the incident.

“The man, believed to be in his 50s, was assessed and treated for serious injuries including to his chest, abdomen, pelvis and ankle.

“He remained fully conscious throughout, was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board and also had pain relief administered before being flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“Whilst in a serious condition, it is clear his injuries could have been much worse had he not been wearing full leathers and a helmet.”

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