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Man dies on roadside after being hit by lorry

A man has died after being hit by a lorry Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A pedestrian has died after being hit by a lorry yesterday morning.

It happened on the A38 between Weeford and Swinfin just before 11.00am.

When paramedics arrived they found police officers and members of the public giving the man CPR. The pedestrian was in traumatic cardiac arrest.

The pedestrian, a man, had reportedly been involved in a collision with a lorry. Paramedics and the doctor took over resuscitation efforts.

Sadly, after more than 30 minutes of advanced life support nothing more could be done to save the man’s life and he was confirmed dead on scene.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson


Council pledges to investigate cause of toxic gas at school

The school has been forced to close Credit: ITV News Central

Staffordshire County Council has released a statement regarding the revelation that a toxic gas called Formaldehyde was behind a mysterious smell which caused sickness among pupils at Flash Ley Community Primary School and forced the school to close.

Staffordshire County Council is working with teachers and parents to ensure children’s education will continue despite the closure of Flash Ley Primary School.

Flash Ley was closed on Friday 2 October due to a strong odour permeating parts of the school. Subsequent testing has revealed high levels of formaldehyde, a common substance that is used extensively in buildings, internal furnishings and household products.

The school will remain closed until all issues have been addressed. In the meantime, alternative arrangements to educate children at the nearby Chetwynd Centre, Tillington Manor and Stafford Manor High have been put in place.

Letters have now been sent to the parents of all children present at school to inform them they may potentially have been exposed to formaldehyde in the air, although there is unlikely to be any long lasting health problems.

A meeting for parents will also be held in the near future. A dedicated helpline has been also been set up on 0300 111 8050 for parents who have any further questions, or are unable to attend the meeting.

The county council is working closely with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to investigate the cause of the incident, which is believed to be linked to work carried out on floors during the summer.

– Staffordshire County Council


Motorcyclist injured on A38 in Staffordshire

A motorcyclist has suffered a serious arm injury after he came off his bike and ended up in the central reservation of the A38 in Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to the dual carriageway near Barton-under-Needwood shortly after 10.30am this morning.

The man who is in his thirties had a serious wound to his left arm.

The first ambulance crew on scene applied a tourniquet to his arm.

They also decompressed his chest for he had suffered a collapsed lung.

With the air ambulance in attendance too, his wounded arm was bandaged and splinted, he was given pain relief and an anti-haemorrhage agent.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

The man was taken by helicopter to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

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