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Unusual mountain rescue in Derby church tower

A first for the Derby Mountain Rescue team. Credit: Derby Mountain Rescue

Derby Mountain Rescue team were called to an unusual scene today to assist a woman in distress at Brailsford Church in Derby.

The woman had been taking part in bell ringing for the church service when the rope had become tangled around her arm, causing injuries to her arm and to hip as she fell.

Due to the extremely narrow stairway leading to the tower, the team had to use their initiative to rescue the woman and take her down the steps to safer ground.

She was placed into a specialist piece of rescue equipment known as a vacuum mattress, with full body splints which form a rigid shell around a person.

She was carried down the narrow stairs and handed over to the waiting ambulance crew who took her to the Royal Derby Hospital for treatment.

We often get called to incidents that people would never associate with mountain rescue, but I believe this is a first for the team.

We’re just happy to have been able to help and wish the woman a speedy recovery.

– Team spokesman

Man airlifted to hospital after serious sledging accident

A thirty-year-old man was airlifted to hospital after a sledging accident. Credit: Midlands Air Ambulance.

A thirty-year-old man was airlifted to hospital this morning after he fell from a sledge in Leek, Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to a hilly area near to Blakelowe Road, Thorncliffe, shortly before 11am.

On arrival, crews found the man had suffered leg injuries after falling from a sledge.

He was airlifted to the Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.

Following assessment from ambulance staff he was treated for a fractured leg, immobilised with the use of a vacuum splint and given pain relief.

Crews also worked hard to ensure the man was kept warm in the cold conditions.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

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Motorcyclist 'seriously injured' in crash with car

The motorcyclist suffered serious head, leg and pelvic injuries Credit: PA

A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash with a car in Staffordshire last night.

The accident occurred at the junction of the A5 and Ivetsey Road, Wheaton Aston at around 9.10pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the man riding the motorbike suffered "serious head, leg and pelvic injures."

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was transferred to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency treatment.

A child who was a passenger in the car at the time of the crash was treated for minor injuries at the scene, before she was transferred to New Cross Hospital for further treatment.

Motorcyclist dies in Solihull crash this morning

Paramedics couldn't save a motorcyclist who was involved in a crash this morning Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A motorcyclist has died in a crash in Solihull this morning.

Paramedics arrived at 7am to find that a moped and a 4x4 had collided at the railway bridge on Four Ashes Road in Bentley Heath.

“On the crew’s arrival at the scene the motorcyclist, a man, was found lying on the road underneath the front of the car.

"The man was freed and immediately assessed by ambulance crews. Sadly it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman

Pedestrian airlifted to hospital after being hit by car

A pedestrian has been airlifted to hospital after being hit by a car in Shropshire.

The man aged in his sixties is being treated in a major trauma centre Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Dawley Green Way in Telford at just before 2pm following reports a man aged in his sixties had suffered a head injury.

He is now being treated in the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Man jumps out of upstairs window to escape fire

Two people managed to escape from a house fire in Birmingham in the early hours of this morning Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A man jumped out of a first floor window to escape a house fire in Birmingham in the early hours of this morning.

Paramedics arrived at the blaze on Edendale Road in Sheldon just after 1:50am this morning to find that both occupants had managed to make it out of the burning building.

The man who had jumped out of the window was treated for burns to his right arm and for smoke inhalation.

A woman had managed to make her way out of the house through the front door. She suffered burns and a laceration to her arm.

“Crews arrived on scene to find the residential property well ablaze.

“Fortunately the two occupants of the house had managed to get themselves out of the property.

“Once treated at the scene both patients were conveyed to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman

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Man dies after being hit by several cars yesterday

A man has died after being hit by several cars in Worcestershire yesterday Credit: ui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A man has died after being hit by several cars in Worcestershire yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to an accident on Wolverley Road in Wolverley, Kidderminster at 6.55pm yesterday.

Two ambulances and a senior paramedic officer were sent to the scene after reports that a pedestrian had been hit by a number of cars.

“On the crew’s arrival, the pedestrian, a man, was immediately assessed.

"Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson

Woman lucky to escape serious injury after falling in front of train

A woman was lucky to escape serious injury after falling in front of a train at Birmingham New Street station.

The woman fell in front of a train Credit: ITV News Central

The woman in her 20s had her left leg bent back towards her body by the train that was pulling into the station at about 6pm yesterday.

An ambulance service spokesman said she was a matter of inches away from being seriously hurt.

Astonishingly, the woman appeared to have no injury from her close shave with the train but was taken to City Hospital for further assessment.

It is clear that, had the train gone even another foot further forwards, then we could have been looking at a totally different situation, with the potential for very serious injuries. She has been more than lucky.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

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