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.
An HGV driver had an 'amazing escape' after his lorry left the flyover on the M42 and crashed onto the M6 toll near Coleshill in Warwickshire.
West Midlands Ambulance Service said the 50-year-old lorry driver, along with other road users, had an "amazing escape". The lorry driver was treated for serious lower leg fractures, and was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
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.
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.
87 people were arrested in the build-up to a non-league football match yesterday.
Police began arresting dozens of people on suspicion of violent disorder at The Granby pub in Nuneaton town centre ahead of Nuneaton's match against Lincoln City FC.
More than 80 people arrested in the build-up to a non-league football match have been released on bail. The arrests were in connection with an incident of "violent disorder" ahead of a fixture between home side Nuneaton Town and Lincoln City.
Everyone has now been bailed in connection with the incident. The senior investigating officer will now evaluate what action needs to be taken.
Nuneaton Town Chief Executive Ian Neale says police went to The Granby pub to organise an escort to town for Nuneaton fans, but only three people said they were interested in going to the match:
They were allowed to leave the pub to take a taxi to the ground, which is two miles away from where the arrests were made. The Boro is a family club and people who are looking for trouble are not welcome at our ground. Anyone found guilty of any offences today will be banned from the ground for life.
The club works tremendously hard on community programmes to give young people locally aspiration and opportunities in a working class town and we see ourselves very much part of making positive things happen for the town.
Police began arresting dozens of people on suspicion of violent disorder at The Granby pub in Nuneaton town centre Saturday afternoon.
Police officers responded to reports of disorder at a number of public houses in the town, and were deployed in full protective equipment for their own safety. PSUs (police support units) from three forces were all deployed and were successful in containing the disorder and protecting the safety and well-being of the general public.
I am extremely grateful to our regional colleagues from West Mercia, West Midlands and British Transport Police for their support in this operation - it has been a particularly challenging day. It was important to take a positive approach from the start of the operation and as a result of that, a significant number of people have been arrested for serious offences and will now be processed.
62 people were arrested in the build-up to a non-league football match. Riot police were called to deal with violent disorder after problems at several pubs in Nuneaton in Warwickshire yesterday.
- Officers from three forces and the British Transport Police had to be brought in shortly before 10.30am after reports of trouble
- The arrests were made before a non-league fixture between home side Nuneaton Town FC and Lincoln City FC
- Nuneaton Town chief executive Ian Neale said the trouble was nothing to do with the football club or its supporters
Speaking to the media outside the court building, Warwickshire's community safety spokesman, councillor Richard Hobbs, apologised for the fire authority's failings.
Mr Hobbs said:
We pleaded guilty to the charge brought under the Health and Safety Act because we recognised and accepted that there were failings on our part back in 2007.
Since then, as the judge emphasised today, Warwickshire has become a model fire authority and our training is some of the finest in the country.
No fire service can guarantee that nothing will ever go wrong again but we are confident that our service is as safe as it can be.We will always remember the bravery of those who died in the service of their community and we offer our deepest condolences to their families and friends.
Explaining how he calculated the level of the fine, Mr Justice MacDuff said:
In my judgment it is entirely clear that the absence of water information had no bearing on this case at all.
There was at all times an adequate water supply and no different course would have been taken if the location, for example, of the nearest hydrants had been known.
As to training, I am equally clear that there can be no causative link, finding as I do that the training deficiencies were largely concerned with records, the decision to begin offensive firefighting was a correct one, and nothing that happened that night would have been affected.