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Man dies after M42 accident in Staffordshire

The car rolled over into the embankment

A man has died following an accident on the M42 near Tamworth.

It happened between junctions 10 and 9, Southbound at around 8.00am.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that rolled over and was up the embankment of the motorway.

“The driver of the car had suffered multiple serious injuries and was in traumatic cardiac arrest. Advanced life support was carried, but unfortunately despite the best efforts of ambulance crews, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Sign error may see speeding convictions overturned

Thousands of motorists could have their motorway speeding convictions overturned because of the font used on some variable speed limit signs may not have complied with traffic regulations.

Thousands of motorists could have their motorway speeding convictions overturned. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The numbers displayed on some variable speed limit signs on the M42 were taller and narrower than the regulations, according to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

At least 11,000 fixed penalties were issued to motorists breaking the variable speed limit between junctions 7 and 9 of the M42 last year, according to the BBC.

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Highways Agency responds to 'unclear' M42 speed limit signs

The Highways Agency has released a statement following the Crown Prosecution Service accusing it of displaying unclear speed limits on the M42, which could see thousands of motorists let-off for speeding convictions.

We have resolved an issue relating to the font used on speeds signs on our motorways. The signs were always entirely legible and the mandatory speed limit clear. Following queries that suggested that this may not have been, we clarified the issue in November 2012.

– The Highways Agency

The signs, which were located on the motorway west of Coventry, showed the speed limit 'taller and narrower that they should have been', said Crown Prosecution Services.

More than 11,000 motorists may now receive their money back.

Thousands of M42 speeders may receive their money back

Thousands of motorists who received speeding convictions on the M42, may be let-off after signs displayed by the Highways Agency were not compatible.

The signs, which were located on the motorway west of Coventry, showed the speed limit 'taller and narrower that they should have been', said Crown Prosecution Services.

More than 11,000 motorists were convicted between J9 and J7 on the M42 last year.

Despite the Crown Prosecution Services' allegation, the Highways Agency said it believes that the signs were the right size and were clearly visible to motorists.

Woman taken to hospital after falling from coach on M42

A woman in her 20s has been taken to hospital after falling from a coach which was travelling on the M42.

It's believed the woman fell from the vehicle's emergency exit onto the motorway near the NEC in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to junction 6 of the motorway shortly after 11:00pm last night.

An ambulance service spokesman said the woman had suffered a serious head injury.

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Six injured in motorway crash

Six injured in motorway crash
Six injured in motorway crash Credit: ITV Central

A man has been airlifted to hospital and five others have been injured in a crash on the M42 in Warwickshire this morning.

It happened on the southbound between junctions 10 and 9, near Tamworth, shortly before 9.00am.

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.

"The man was anaesthetised...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."

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