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Car 'cartwheels' in Black Country crash

A man was seriously injured last night when his car overturned on the Dudley Road East in Oldbury shortly before 11.25pm yesterday.

The driver was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

An ambulance crew, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and the MERIT trauma team consisting of a trauma doctor and critical care practitioner attended.

Police and the fire service also attended.

The car reportedly ‘cartwheeled’ several times before coming to rest on its side.

“Before its driver, a man in his twenties, could be freed from the car, it had to be stabilised by the fire service.

“He was removed from the car with the use of a long spinal board before being transferred to a scoop stretcher. He was assessed by the attending trauma doctor. He had a bad cut to his face, a thigh wound, a suspected broken ankle and suspected spinal injuries.“He was fully immobilised, given an anti-haemorrhage drug and was taken on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

– A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Fire service called after man traps self in weights machine

The incident happened at a Black Country gym this afternoon Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Fire crews, an ambulance and a paramedic had to be called after a man became trapped in a weights machine at a Black Country gym this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received the unusual call-out request to a gym in the centre of West Bromwich at just after 1pm.

The man had been working out using a heavy leg weight machine when he became trapped. Other people in the gym attempted to free him but eventually it fell to the fire service to help him out of the machine.

The man, believed to be in his forties, was treated for a fractured ankle. He was immobilised using a leg splint before being taken to Sandwell General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.


Black Country Day celebrates home of heavy metal and birthplace of Industrial Revolution

Credit: Bryn Whitehouse

It's the second Black Country Festival - held to celebrate Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell boroughs.

The home of heavy metal music and the industrial revolution will be celebrated today as it is the anniversary of the invention of the Newcomen Steam engine.

The engine is thought to have launched the Industrial Revolution, and a working model is on display at the Black Country Museum - where today's celebrations will take place.

Two saved from severe fire in Black Country shop

Two people were led to saved by firefighters from a severe fire in a flat above a shop in the Black Country.

The blaze started in the living area above the retail unit in Messenger Road, Smethwick, during the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Two people were rescued from the blaze Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

The living room was completely gutted and firefighters using breath apparatus helped rescue the pair. The flat was gutted by flames and filled with thick smoke.

About 20 firefighters from Smethwick, Ladywood, Handsworth and West Bromwich were at the scene.

The flat was gutted by the fire Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

The cause of the fire is not yet known and there are no know injuries.

The flat was gutted by the fire Credit: West Midlands Fire Service


Man has miracle escape after house wall crushes car

Paramedics say a man is lucky to be alive after the side of a house collapsed on to his car while he was sat in it.

The scene on Richmond Hill in Oldbury Credit: ITV News Central

Emergency crews were called to Richmond Hill, Oldbury shortly after 5pm, where the side wall holding up the roof of the house had fallen on to the next door neighbours car.

The remains of the car after it was crushed by falling bricks Credit: ITV News Central

The man, in his 60s, escaped with just a minor head injury. Investigations into how the collapse happened are taking place.

Richmond Hill was closed off by the emergency services Credit: ITV News Central

Fire crews at scene of house collapse in Oldbury

Fire crews are dealing with a building collapse in Oldbury.

West Midlands Fire service has tweeted a picture of what appears to be a 1930s built house with part of its gable end missing.

The rubble from the collapse has crushed a car parked down the side of the property in Richmond Hill.

Fire crews are on the scene will assessments are taking place to make the structure safe.

E-fit released after sex attack in Wednesbury

A specially-trained police artist has worked with the victim to produce the e-fit of the suspect Credit: West Midlands Police

Detectives investigating a serious sexual assault in Wednesbury have issued an e-fit of a man they want to speak to.

A 26-year-old woman was attacked as she cut through the alley linking Redhouse Avenue and Pound Road, just after 9pm on Monday 9 March.

A specially-trained police artist has worked with the victim to produce an e-fit of the suspect.

He is described as white, in his late 30s or early 40s, around 6ft tall, slim, wearing a brown leather jacket with a pale stripe, black shoes and dark coloured jeans. He is believed to be Eastern European - possibly Polish.

The victim told police he smelt of alcohol and cigarettes.

The woman was attacked as she cut through the alley linking Redhouse Avenue and Pound Road Credit: Google Maps

"Crimes like this are very rare and we hope that this e-fit image might jog someone’s memory and help us identify the suspect."

– Detective Constable Raj Dulay, West Midlands Police Public Protection Unit

Detectives stepped up patrols in the area after the attack to reassure local women.

Officers are continuing to examine CCTV footage and forensic material and are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.

They particularly want to speak to anyone who saw anything in the area that night, no matter how insignificant.

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