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Driver left suspended by seatbelt after serious crash

Stock photo of an ambulance from the West Midlands Ambulance Service Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

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.”

Lucky escape in M6 crash before van burst into flames

The scene of the crash on the M6 Southbound this morning Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

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.”


Mother feels son "wasn't given the chance to survive"

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."

Man helped by paramedics - then drives off in their ambulance

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.

The ambulance was damaged in the incident Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

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.

Paramedics stop train to help woman with broken ankle

Paramedics stop train to take woman to hospital Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

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 for ambulance services in Staffordshire increases

Staffordshire saw a rise in demand of 12% for ambulance services over the Easter weekend compared with last year Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

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.


Triathlon competitor rescued in Shropshire

A triathlon runner has been rescued from Ellesmere Lake in North Shropshire.

West Midland Ambulance Service said it attended an incident at Mereside after receiving a 999 call at 6:30pm.

In a statement a West Midlands Ambulance service spokesperson said:

“A man in his forties was rescued from the water and found to be in respiratory arrest. Ambulance crews treated to stabilise the patient before he was conveyed by air ambulance to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.”

Police tweet details of ambulance vehicle crash

Three hurt after crash involving ambulance vehicle

File photo: An ambulance response vehicle Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Three people have been injured after a crash between an ambulance response vehicle and a BMW in Walsall.

The collision happened shortly before 9.30am on Broadway North. A paramedic and passenger in the BMW are in hospital with what police say are 'non life-threatening' injuries.

Broadway North is currently closed between Princes Avenue and Walhouse Road while officers investigate.

Two injured & car mangled after city centre smash

The wreckage of the car after the crash in Digbeth this morning Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A man has suffered a broken leg and fractured pelvis after a serious car crash in Birmingham city centre in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance service were called to High Street in Digbeth shortly before 3.00am today.

A paramedic who was working at West Midlands Ambulance Service’s City Centre Treatment Unit in Broad Street was sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:

“One of the injured was trapped and was freed with the help of the fire service. He’s in his thirties and had a broken leg and a suspected fractured pelvis. The injuries were treated at the scene by ambulance personnel. He was then taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham."

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