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Suspected gas explosion rips apart flats injuring two

Fire crews are investigating whether the blast was caused by a gas explosion Credit: ITV News Central/Bob Withers

Two men have suffered serious burns after an explosion at a flat in Birmingham.

The emergency services were called to the flats in Northfield shortly after 8.00pm last night Credit: ITV News Central/Bob Withers

Paramedics were called to a property on Aldersmead Road in Northfield just after 8.00pm last night. The cause of the explosion is unknown.

The flats were completely ripped apart by the blast Credit: ITV News Central/Bob Withers
Two men were taken to hospital with 30 percent blast injuries and burns. Another man was treated for shock. Credit: ITV News Central/Bob Withers

One man in his 30s and another in his 20s were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

A shot looking into the kitchen of the downstairs flat, which is thought to be the source of the explosion Credit: ITV News Central/Bob Withers

Another man, thought to be in his fifties and living in the flat above where the explosion happened, is being treated for shock and is being cared for by his family.

One man dead and two injured in Warley car crash

A driver has died and two people have been injured in a two-car smash in Warley today.

The incident took place at the junction of the A4123 and Bleakhouse Road, shortly after 9.20am today.

One of the drivers was confirmed dead at the scene while the other was taken to Sandwell Hospital with knee pain.

A female passenger was taken to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital with cuts, back pain and a suspected abdominal injury.


Man and children escape injury after car splits in two in Coventry

A man and two children escaped serious injury after their car left the road and split in two in Coventry today.

The driver and passengers walked free from the vehicle in Fletchamstead Highway shortly before 11.40am.

The man and both children got out of the vehicle and, other than a couple of minor scratches, were uninjured.

Because of the level of damage to the car, all three were taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further checks, just as a precaution.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Horror smash on railway bridge sees couple airlifted

The crash happened in Shropshire this morning Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A couple had to be airlifted to hospital with serious chest injuries after a head on collision between two cars on a railway bridge in Shropshire.

Paramedics were called to the crossing in Baschurch Road, Bomere Heath, Shrewsbury, at 9.55am this morning.

The Midlands Air Ambulance and the Wales Air Ambulance were both scrambled to the scene of the accident.

The driver and passenger from one car, a couple believed to be in their eighties, were both trapped in the wreckage.

They were both taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital in each of the helicopters.

The ambulance service said the male driver of the second car sustained minor injuries, and was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital by land ambulance.

Live traffic cameras show normal traffic on M42

Traffic beginning to move again on the M42 after fatal crash Credit:

Traffic has now returned to normal after a fatal accident in which a couple died in the early hours of this morning.

Crash investigators have been working throughout the morning, but the accident has now been cleared between J3 A435 (Portway / Redditch) and J3A M40.

Police confirm couple died in fatal M42 crash

The crash happened between Junction 3 and 3A on the M42 in the early hours of this morning Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses after a crash involving three cars on the M42, which killed a man in his late seventies and a woman thought to be his wife.

The collision happened at approximately 12:50am between junction 3 and 3A.

Anyone who saw what happened is asked contact Warwickshire Police on 101, quoting incident 009 of 14th July 2014.


Two hour long delays on M42 after fatal 3 car crash

Live traffic camera on the M42 Northbound at J3 Credit:

There are delays of more than two hours on the M42 Northbound this morning after a fatal car crash which killed two people.

It happened between Junction 3 and Junction 3A at 1:15am, and involved three cars.

Motorists are being diverted at J3 and being told to follow the Hollow Diamond symbol via the A435 Southbound, A4189 Eastbound and A3400 Northbound to the M40 at J16.

Man & woman die in three car crash on M42

Crews were called to Junction 3 of the M42 shortly after 1:00am this morning Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A man and woman have died after a crash involving three cars on the M42 in Worcestershire in the early hours of this morning.

Ambulance crews were called to Northbound carriageway at Junction 3 near Beoley, shortly before 1.00am.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said:

The occupants of one car, a man and a woman, were both seriously injured and were in cardiac arrests. Sadly, despite attempts at advanced life support by ambulance crews and the medic, nothing could be done to save them and both were confirmed dead on scene.

The driver of the second car, a man in his 50s, sustained a chest injury. He was taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch for further treatment. The driver of the third car was uninjured and didn’t require hospital treatment.”

There are currently delays of more than an hour and a half on the Motorway as crash investigation work takes place.

Eight-year-old suffers serious head injury in crash

Paramedics were called to Selly Oak at 6:45pm tonight Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

An eight-year-old girl has suffered a serious head injury after a road traffic accident in Birmingham.

Paramedics were called to Reservoir Road in Selly Oak shortly before 6:45pm.

An official for the West Midlands Ambulance Service said:

Crews arrived to find an eight-year-old girl with a serious head injury and a bicycle lying nearby. The circumstances that lead to the girl’s injuries are not known, but ambulance staff quickly began working to assess and treat the youngster, who had also suffered minor chest injuries.

Upon realising the serious nature of her head injury, the girl was anaesthetised and taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, who were alerted to her condition prior to arrival, for further treatment.

The doctor and community paramedic escorted the girl on her way to the hospital. Nobody else was injured in the incident.”

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