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Why you should get out of your car if it breaks down

The Citroen Xsara Picasso involved in the incident Credit: @HaymillsFire

West Midlands Ambulance Service are reminding people to avoid serious injuries by getting out of their car if it breaks down.

It is common protocol that you are meant to get out of your car if it breaks down. Thankfully, the occupants of this Citroen Xsara Picasso stuck to the rules, which probably saved their lives.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A45 Coventry Road in Solihull, just next to Birmingham Airport runway at 3.30pm on Monday afternoon.

The car had broken down on a corner on the dual carriageway and been struck by a flatbed van carrying tree trunks.

Fortunately, the occupants of the Picasso were on the verge and were uninjured. It is more than fortunate that they were out of the vehicle. Anyone who had been in the rear would have been very badly injured as everything up to the driver’s seat, essentially disappeared."

“If anyone ever wondered why you should get out of a broken down vehicle, this is it. You can see the level of damage involved. It doesn’t bear thinking about what would have happened to someone in the back.”

– A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

The driver of the van which ran into the back of the car was a 20 year old man. He was taken to hospital with minor injuries to his face and chest.

Beware! New dog walking rules come into force

Dog walkers in Coventry are facing fines if they let their dogs run free in certain parts of the city.

The new dog control orders which came in to force today also restrict the number of dogs any one person can walk at once. The council says the public support the plans, but some dog owners are worried its targeting the wrong people.

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How far should dog control go?

Should there be a limit on how many dogs you can walk at one time? Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Today, Coventry City Council introduces new dog control orders that include restrictions on owners taking dogs into children's play areas and a requirement for dogs to be on a lead in some areas of parks and open spaces.

There will also be a limit on the number of dogs a person can have with them at any one time.

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Details of new dog control orders coming into force today

Coventry City Council has released the details of new dog control orders which come into force today.

There will also be a limit on the number of dogs a person can have with them Credit: PA

The new order will mean dog owners will continue to be able to let their dogs off the lead in parks with sports pitches - except when matches are being played.

There will be restrictions though on owners taking dogs into children's play areas and a requirement for dogs to be on a lead in some areas of parks and open spaces.

There will also be a limit on the number of dogs a person can have with them at any one time.

M6 closed both ways to rescue horses in breakdown

The M6 is closed to traffic in both directions between Junction 3 and Junction 3a at Coventry to rescue horses after the car pulling the horse box they were in broke down.

Highways England is currently dealing with the incident.

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