Man rescued from car after serious smash

By Harriet Ernstsons Tuesday 06 November 2012 Updated: 06/11 13:12

A MAN was airlifted to hospital with serious pelvic, leg and abdominal injuries after being trapped in his car for two hours.

Emergency services worked from 6am this morning (Tuesday) to rescue the driver after his vehicle left the road and became trapped on its roof in trees down an embankment.

The incident happened near the Webheath junction of the Bromsgrove Highway and involved a grey Ford Mondeo and a silver Peugeot 206.

The Mondeo was travelling towards Redditch and following a collision with the Peugeot it overturned, landing on its roof in the embankment. The driver of the Peugeot was uninjured.

Both sides of the carriageway were closed. The Redditch to Bromsgrove carriageway has now reopened while the Bromsgrove to Redditch side remains closed to enable police to investigate the cause of the crash.

Three crews from Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, two from Redditch and one from Bromsgrove, attended the scene alongside West Mercia Police, two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, the HART and MERIT teams and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "Crews arrived to find a car that had left the road and come to a rest in a copse of trees on its roof.

"The man had suffered serious injuries in the crash and due to the position of the car and the man's injuries, it took around two hours for him to receive treatment, his condition to be stabilised and for him to be removed safely from the vehicle.

"The fire service were also in attendance who removed sections of the vehicle to assist in the mans safe release.

"The man had suffered serious pelvic, leg and abdominal injuries and also received pain relief at the scene.

"The 33-year-old was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit in Birmingham for further emergency treatment. The hospital had been pre-alerted to the man's arrival and serious injuries."

Watch commander Jon Laight from the fire service added: "This was a challenging extrication due to the position of the car, but our crews worked extremely well with each other and with the other agencies to release the driver."

The closure of the road caused tailbacks of over a mile, with many commuters facing delays of more than 30 minutes during rush-hour.

One commuter, who was travelling from Bromsgrove to Redditch and did not wish to be named, said: "It was chaos as there were no warning signs on the junction at the Oakalls so everyone carried on along the road and had to be diverted off the next junction.

"This caused traffic on many of the roads in to Redditch, especially on the road leading up to the Sainsbury's island."

Anyone with information should contact PC Palmer on 101, quoting incident reference 21-N-061112.

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