Paramedics in the West Midlands are being prepared for the busiest weekend ever after recent figures showed they are dealing with record numbers of calls.
Last weekend was the third busiest since the West Midlands Ambulance Trust was set up in 2006. The trust say demand has been rising rapidly for the last two months.
A seven-year-old boy is said to have been dragged under a car for 50 feet in a collision on Niveveh Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, early yesterday morning.
His five-year-old brother was catapulted onto a car bonnet, and the impact left the windscreen of the car cracked.
It's believed to have happened as the children were walking to school.
Eyewitness Jaz Rasul, who owns the Nine Food Store on the corner of Nineveh Road and Victoria Road, said:
“I heard screams and walked out of my shop to find the mother lying across the pavement and I could see the toddler on the bonnet of the car."
The seven-year-old boy is being treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital for multiple injuries, including a serious head injury.
Police said his mum, 33, suffered a suspected fractured shoulder, and a five-year-old boy was being treated for a minor head injury. An 11-year-old girl suffered cuts and bruises, and two boys aged nine and 13 have since been given the all clear.
The driver of the car was uninjured, but shaken following the incident.
Police said she was helping them with their inquiries.
Police have confirmed a seven-year-old boy is being treated for a serious head injury in hospital after a crash in Handsworth this morning. He was walking to school with his mother when they were involved in a crash with a Vauxhall Corsa.
A 33-year-old woman is in hospital with a suspected fractured shoulder. The seven-year-old boy has multiple injuries. A five-year-old boy is being treated for a minor head injury. An 11-year-old girl and two boys aged nine and 13, who were also involved, have since been given the all clear.
Police say the driver of the car is helping them with their enquiries. Any witnesses are urged to call 101. Nineveh Road was closed for three hours this morning, but has since reopened.
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.
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."