One person killed after major crash blaze on M42 in Worcestershire

ONE person has died and three others taken to hospital following a crash on the motorway near Redditch and Bromsgrove last night (July 9). West Midlands Ambulance Service said four cars and a lorry were involved in a collision which resulted in three of the cars catching fire and eight patients for ambulance staff to assist. West Midlands Ambulance Service[1] received a 999 call to the M42 southbound between junctions 2 and 1 at 8.55pm and sent two ambulances and two paramedic officers to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Three of the cars were well alight when crews arrived. “The fire service worked quickly to extinguish the fires but upon doing so, a patient was discovered in one of the cars. “Unfortunately, it immediately became apparent nothing could be done to save them and they were confirmed deceased.

“An off-duty technician, who was in traffic just behind the accident, immediately went to assist upon seeing the collision and with the help of bystanders, managed to pull a woman from one of the burning cars. “She was treated for minor burns and am arm injury and taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. “The quick-thinking actions of those who rescued the woman undoubtedly saved her from suffering far more significant injuries.

“From the same car, the driver, a man believed to be in his 50s, managed to get himself out of the vehicle. He was treated for minor injuries and taken to the same hospital. “A driver of another car, a man, was treated for a knee injury and taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch for further treatment.

“Four other patients, including the driver of the lorry, were assessed and discharged at the scene with minor or no injuries.” o The crash caused major delays on the southbound motorway, with queues still ongoing this morning. All lanes are now open and resurfacing works on the road have been completed.

Delays are continuing back to J3A but are ‘clearing steadily’.

References

  1. ^ West Midlands Ambulance Service (www.worcesternews.co.uk)

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