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Lanes have been reopened on the M42 Northbound

Lanes have now been reopened. Credit: Highways England

Lanes have been reopened on the M42 Northbound after an earlier accident.

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Investigations continue into Starbucks lift plunge

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An investigation is underway into how a woman fell around 25 feet down a lift shaft at a Starbucks in Solihull.

The female employee, believed to be in her 20s, suffered a suspected broken leg and pelvis in the accident on Thursday afternoon.

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council are taking the lead, rather than the Health and Safety Executive, because it is a retail premises.

They say there is no time scale for how long the investigation will last, and that they cannot comment on what steps the investigation will include.

Starbucks released a statement saying:

We are shocked and distressed by this terrible incident and we’re working closely with the authorities as they investigate how this could have happened. Our store will remain closed until the investigation is finished.

– Starbucks spokesperson

Starbucks 'shocked' by woman falling down lift

Starbucks Credit: PA

Starbucks has released a statement after a woman fell down one of their lifts in Solihull.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the woman fell approximately 25 feet at the chain's shop in Solihull High Street.

A Starbucks spokesperson said:

"We are shocked and distressed by this terrible incident and we’re working closely with the authorities as they investigate how this could have happened.

"Our store will remain closed until the investigation is finished."

– Starbucks spokesperson

Witness appeal after motorcyclist dies in collision with car

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist died in Castle Bromwich.

Christopher Clarke Credit: West Midlands Police

Christopher Clarke from Yardley was travelling on a blue Yamaha which collided with a black Toyota Auris on the A452 Collector Road at around 3.50pm on Sunday.

The 32-year-old was confirmed dead at the scene of the crash near the junction with Auckland Drive. Two people in the car suffered minor injuries.

We are trying to piece together exactly what happened and would appeal for anyone with information to contact us.

Even the smallest piece of information could help us build a picture of what happened.

A man has tragically lost his life and our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time.

– Sergeant Steve Newbury, from the Collision Investigation Unit

Collision investigators can be contacted on 101 or via independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Motorcyclist dies after collision with car

A motorcyclist has died after colliding with a car in Solihull.

Air ambulance crews were at the scene. Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A452 Collector Road shortly after 3.50pm on Sunday.

A man who was riding the motorbike was sadly confirmed dead at the scene.

There were two people in the car, a man and a woman, both in their thirties. The man had an ankle injury, the woman was in shock. Both were taken to Heartlands Hospital.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

The West Midlands CARE (Central Accident, Resuscitation and Emergency) team, a BASICS (British Association for Immediate Care) doctor, a paramedic area support officer, two ambulance crews and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended at the scene.

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