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Police appeal for witnesses following 30ft lorry fall in Warwickshire

Police officers investigating a crash on the M42 motorway where a lorry fell from a flyover on to the M6 Toll, are appealing for witnesses.

The lorry was travelling on the M42 northbound at around 6:30pm yesterday evening (April 8), when it is believed it collided with a car travelling the same way.

The lorry then jack-knifed across all three lanes and veered over the edge of the flyover on to the M6 Toll northbound, approximately 30ft below.

The 55-year-old driver was taken by air ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where he is being treated for leg and ankle injuries.

The 49-year-old driver of the Ford Mondeo was not injured in the collision.

The M42 northbound was closed for collision examiners to attend the scene, and the M6 Toll was also closed to traffic.

The M6 Toll opened at 6am this morning following resurfacing.

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'Amazing' escape for lorry driver says ambulance service

A lorry driver and other road users on the M6 Toll had an ‘amazing’ escape according to ambulance crews, after a lorry left a flyover on the M42 and crashed onto the M6 Toll near Coleshill.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident near T1 on the M6 Toll just before 6:30pm.

The Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, along with ground teams were sent to the scene.

Ambulance crews responded to a road traffic collision following reports of a lorry coming off a flyover on the M42 and landing on the northbound M6 Toll road.

Crews treated the lorry driver – a man in his 50s – for serious lower leg fractures, neck and back pain and facial lacerations.

– A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

The driver managed to crawl out of his cab where he was treated by paramedics before being airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further assessment.


Man killed in motorway bridge fall

A man died after falling from a motorway bridge on to the road below.

Police were called to the M42 between junctions 3a and 4 in Birmingham at 10.20pm yesterday after reports that a man had fallen on to the northbound carriageway from a bridge.

Despite the efforts of paramedics the man died at the scene, West Midlands Police said. His next of kin has been informed.

The motorway was closed in both directions for a number of hours while officers carried out investigations.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or may have information is asked to call the police road collision investigation department on 101.