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Family pays tribute to teenager killed on A38

Helena Markey Credit: Staffordshire Police

The parents of a teenager from Burton who died after being hit by a lorry on the A38 have released an emotional statement following her death last Thursday.

17-year-old Helena Markey from the Belvedere area of Burton was struck by a lorry on the A38 northbound carriage, between Branston and Clay Mills.

She sustained critical injuries and was taken to hospital in an air ambulance but died shortly after.

"The sudden loss of Helena has left us totally devastated; no words could ever describe the hurt and emptiness we feel right now. Helena was a beautiful much loved daughter and was held precious in many, many people’s hearts."

"She was a bright, bubbly young girl with a beautiful smile. A million questions later, there are no answers, just total disbelief. We must all try to move on and accept what has happened, no matter how hard that may be."

"We just ask that people honour Helena in their memories and grant her the dignity and respect she so fully deserves."

"She will live on in our hearts forever."

– Glen and Sharron Markey

Six escape serious injury after taxi overturns on A38

Six people were lucky to escape serious injury after the taxi they were in overturned on the A38 last night.

Six passengers were trapped in the back Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to the crash on the dual carriageway near Bassetts Pole just after 1.20am.

Paramedics found the overturned vehicle had hit street furniture and rolled onto its side

The driver had managed to free himself from the vehicle but there were six patients trapped in the back.

Given the position the patients were in, ambulance staff knew they needed to work quickly in order to prevent any injuries becoming more serious.

First of all they stabilised the taxi before carefully assisting all six patients out through the opposite side door.

There were two adult woman, three adult men and a teenage male. All six of them were treated for minor injuries including arm and ankle injuries.

They were then all taken to Good Hope Hospital for further assessment.

Given the fact the vehicle overturned, they are all lucky not to have suffered more serious injuries in the incident.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman


Birmingham city centre tunnels reopen

The St. Chad's and Queensway tunnels in Birmingham city centre have reopened.

They have been closed for the past six weeks for maintenance work and the closure was timed to fit in with the long school holidays.

Structural changes were needed to bring the tunnels up to EU safety standards, but engineers also took the chance to make some cosmetic alterations which were enthusiastically received by the first few drivers to pass through this morning.

Callum Watkinson reports.


Birmingham tunnels to be reopened this morning

The St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels are to be reopened this morning after six weeks of closure.

Work has been carried out to upgrade the tunnels, including new fireproofing, safety gates, LED lighting and a new road surface.

The tunnels are due to reopen this morning Credit: ITV News Central

The project will finish on time and under budget, and did not cause as much disruption to traffic as some initially feared.

It has been reported that many of the measures taken to improve traffic flow throughout the closures will also continue to operate after the reopening.

Birmingham tunnel closures: alternative routes

Advice is to use public transport, but if travelling into Birmingham by car during the closures, there are a number of suggested routes which will avoid the tunnels.

  • If you would normally enter the city via the M6 junction 6 / A38 Aston Expressway, the suggestion is to use an alternative motorway junction and then the A4540 ring road to get into the city centre.
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