Two Air Ambulances at M42 Crash
A man has been airlifted to hospital and five others have been injured in a multiple vehicle crash on the M42 in Warwickshire this morning (Wednesday 15 August).
West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a crash involving several vehicles on the southbound carriageway between junctions 10 and 9, near Tamworth, shortly before 9.00am.
An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a paramedic crew were initially sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews found two cars and two vans which had been involved in a collision which had left six people injured.
“The driver of one van, a man in his 20s, was trapped in his vehicle and was unconscious. Crews and the BASICS doctor assessed the man and found he had sustained a serious head injury and suspected pelvic injuries.
“When the extent of his injuries became apparent, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with the MERIT trauma doctor on board was requested to assist and provide a higher level of emergency medical care. A second land ambulance was also sent due to the number of patients involved.
“The team of ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to carefully extricate the man from the wreckage whilst he continued to receive the very best treatment. The man was released after around 40 minutes.
“The man was anaesthetised by the MERIT doctor to help stabilise his condition and fully immobilised before being airlifted by the Midlands Air Ambulance to the Major Trauma Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency treatment.
“Five other patients from the other vehicles involved suffered minor injuries ranging from whiplash to back pain and were triaged and treated by the HART paramedics.
“Of the five, two men were taken by land ambulance to Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham for further treatment, one was immobilised due to back pain. Two other men and one woman were transported to George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton; the woman was collared and boarded as a precaution.”