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Strangers rescue man from Warwickshire canal

Ambulance crews were called to the scene Credit: PA

A man was rescued from a canal by passers by in Warwickshire last night after they heard him shouting for help.

The incident occurred just after 9pm at a canal off Southam Road, near to The Two Boats Inn in Long Itchington.

The man had passed out by the time emergency services arrived. He was given emergency treatment at the scene from medics for a head injury and also suffering hypothermia.

The man, believed to be in his 60’s, was then transferred by ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency treatment.

“The man’s condition was still very serious but his chance of survival were dramatically increased thanks to the actions of the good Samaritans before medics arrived."

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

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Two road traffic accidents in Walsall see six people injured

Two separate road traffic collisions in Walsall last night saw two cars overturn and six people injured within the space of 35 minutes.

The first crash happened on Bloxwich Road at 12.15am and saw a car collide with a number of stationary vehicles before overturning and coming to rest on its roof.

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

Crews were told that the car collided with three stationary vehicles before rolling over.

The driver of the car, a man in his 30s, had to be helped out of the vehicle and was treated for a suspected head injury and cuts to his arm.

He was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board and taken to Walsall Manor Hospital.

There were two further patients, a man who was sitting in one of the stationary vehicle and a woman who was just about to get in to the passenger seat.

The man, thought to be in his 40s, was treated for neck, leg and chest injuries whilst the woman, believed to be in her 20s, suffered abdominal, neck and back injuries.

They were also both immobilised and taken to the same hospital.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

The second incident happened on Pleck Road, near the Bradford Arms Public House, shortly before 12.50am and saw a car collide with a tree and roll over.

West Midlands Ambulance Service again sent three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

There were three patients from the vehicle, all men in their 20s.

The most seriously injured was the front seat passenger who had to be cut free through the roof.

He was treated for leg and pelvic injuries, immobilised and taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

The doctor travelled on the back of the ambulance to continue treatment en-route.

The driver also had to be cut free whilst the rear seat passenger was free from the vehicle on our arrival. They both suffered minor injuries and were taken to Sandwell Hospital and Walsall Manor Hospital respectively.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Young boy knocked unconscious in collision with car

An 11-year-old boy has been treated for a head injury and taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital following a collision with a car this afternoon.

The boy, who was unconscious when crews arrived, also suffered an abdominal injury in the incident which took place on Grosvenor Road in Gornal Wood, shortly before 1.25pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a rapid response vehicle to the scene.

An off duty paramedic who came across the incident was also in attendance whilst a BASICS doctor met the ambulance en-route to the hospital.

The boy was already receiving care from an off duty paramedic when crews arrived at the scene.

The boy was then treated at the scene for his head and abdomen injuries as well as a reduced level of consciousness.

He was fully immobilised and moved on to the ambulance to begin his journey to hospital.

The off duty paramedic travelled in the back of the ambulance to assist the crew with giving treatment en-route.

Prior to their departure from the scene, crews had liaised with a BASICS doctor who they met en-route, so he could continue giving treatment for the remainder of the journey.

Whilst the injuries suffered by the boy are serious, thankfully they are not thought to be life threatening.

The driver of the car was uninjured in the incident.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

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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.

M6 collision causes delays after lane closures near junction 3a

Two lanes closed after M6 collision Credit: Warwickshire Police Operational Patrol Unit

A collision on the M6 near junction 3a has caused delays after a vehicle crashed on the central barrier.

West Midlands Ambulance Service and Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene, where those involved suffered only minor injuries.

Those involved suffered minor injuries Credit: Warwickshire Police Operational Patrol Unit
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