A woman has died and eight others, including two children, are in hospital after a crash involving two cars in Coventry overnight.
Ambulance staff have been assaulted and vehicles damaged after they tried to wake a man sleeping rough in Birmingham.
More than 100 people were treated at the weekend at a temporary minor injury unit in Birmingham set up to deal with Christmas party-goers.
A 7-year-old boy was 'dragged under a car for 50ft' according to reports from the scene of a crash in Birmingham.
A mother and four children from the same family required medical treatment following the accident involving a car and five pedestrians on Nineveh Road in Handsworth during this mornings rush hour.
The woman driving the car was uninjured.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:
“Crews arrived to find significant traffic disruption at the scene following a collision between a car and five pedestrians..
Reports at the scene suggested one patient, a seven year old boy, had been dragged underneath the car for approximately 50ft, leading to serious injuries. He was treated for injuries to his face and a fractured arm before being taken on alert to Birmingham Children’s Hospital."
A woman has died and an eight-year-old boy has been seriously injured in a crash in Shropshire this morning.
It happened on the B5061, Uckington, near to the Horseshoe Inn, in Shrewsbury at around 11.30am.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:
“Crews arrived to find a car that had left the road, been in collision with a tree and had come to rest in a ditch.
“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the woman driving the car and she was confirmed dead at the scene.
“The passenger in the car, a boy believed to be eight years old, suffered multiple serious leg injuries and suspected abdominal injuries and was trapped in the vehicle. The boy received emergency treatment whilst in the car and was then carefully extricated by the emergency services.
“The boys condition was stabilised and he was airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further emergency treatment. > “The hospital had been pre alerted to the childs arrival and his injuries. Unfortunately the boys injuries were considered very serious.”
A woman has died and three others seriously injured in a crash at Stafford services on the M6 this morning.
All four people were travelling in one car which left the southbound exit slip road and crashed into a road sign at around 5.50am.
An official for West Midlands Ambulance said:
A woman who was travelling in the car was in traumatic cardiac arrest and CPR was being carried out by Police on scene. Medics took over resuscitation attempts and advanced life support techniques were carried out.
Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of everyone in attendance, nothing could be done to save the woman.
Three other people that were travelling in the car at the time of the crash all suffered abdominal injuries and received emergency treatment by ambulances staff.
The conditions of the man and two women was stabilised before they were transferred to University Hospital North Staffordshire by ambulance for further emergency treatment.
The hospital had been pre alerted to the patients arrival and their serious injuries.”
Two people have been treated for burns after a gas bottle they were using exploded.
They had been camping in a field off Marlbank Road in Welland, Malvern when West Midlands Ambulance Service were called out at around 11pm last night.
– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman
Crews were called to reports of two campers that had become injured when the gas bottle they were using exploded. Ambulance crews treated a man and a woman believed to be in their 30’s for burn injuries to their legs and arms. Both casualties were given pain relief at the scene before being conveyed to Worcester Royal Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”
A man was found hanging by his seatbelt when his car rolled and ended up on its side, reportedly leaking petrol, in a serious crash in Birmingham.
Paramedics were called to the the junction of Holloway and Merritts Brook Lane in Northfield at around 11.50pm last night.
Despite suffering serious chest injuries, the man got out of the car himself as the emergency crews were about to start work removing him from the badly damaged car.
An official from West Midlands Ambulance Service said:
“On arrival, crews found a car that had rolled over suffering significant damage. The driver, a man estimated to be in his 20s was suspended by his seatbelt within the car and seemed disorientated. As crews were preparing to extract him, he suddenly got out of the car himself.
“The man had suffered significant chest injuries including suspected fractured ribs and possible internal bleeding. He was immobilised and taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”
Three people have escaped a dramatic motorway crash involving two lorries & a van which then burst into flames.
It happened on the Southbound carriageway of the M6 at Junction 1 at around 7:30am.
The crash involved two HGVs and a van, which was carrying three people.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service official said:
“Three men travelling in the van and believed to be in their twenties and thirties, received minor injuries.
“They were conveyed to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment. The two lorry drivers involved in the incident were assessed at the scene but did not require hospital treatment.”
The death of a six-month-old baby from Wolverhampton is being investigated after claims an ambulance was delayed in reaching him because the call operator didn't categorise the call as urgent.
Cainan Moore died in 2012 after his brain was starved of oxygen. West Midlands Ambulance Service say they are investigating the claims.
Cainan's mother, Gemma Lear, said:
"I feel that Cainan wasn't really given the chance to survive. He wasn't given the chance to live. When we got to the hospital he fought so hard to survive. But I think more could have been done to help him."
A man suspected of taking a drugs overdose has been arrested after lashing out at paramedics trying to help him and then driving off in their ambulance.
Police were called to someone acting violently towards an ambulance crew at a flat in Bloxwich High Street just before 3pm today.
The ambulance service says it is understood that the 37-year-old assaulted two male paramedics before forcing them out of the ambulance and driving off.
It says the ambulance was driven erratically down Green Lane and made at least two U-turns before there was a crash involving the ambulance and a police car. The police officer involved has been taken to hospital suffering whiplash-like injuries.
A man from High Street, Bloxwich, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault and vehicle theft and is being held at a police station.
A woman who broke her ankle in Solihull has had a train stopped for her by West Midlands Ambulance Service so she could get to hospital.
Paramedics were called out to Earlswood at around 2.15pm this afternoon after receiving reports that a woman had become injured while walking with a group of friends in the woods.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said:
Due to the location of the incident and the rough terrain, the quick thinking paramedic liaised with the railway and plans were put into place for the next passing train to stop in the woods to make a special pick-up.
The woman and ambulance crew travelled to Earlswood Station to an awaiting ambulance where she was conveyed on to her next stop; Alexandra Hospital.”
Demand on the ambulance service in Staffordshire has increased compared with last year.
The figures from West Midlands Ambulance Service show demand fluctuated in other areas of the region.
Staffordshire saw a rise in demand of 12% over the Easter weekend compared with last year but the West Mercia area saw a 12% drop during the same period.
Overall, the trust answered 10,821 999 calls during the weekend - up 1.7% compared to 2013.