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Lucky driver makes wise decision

A38 Collision, image with thanks to West Midlands ambulance service

A DRIVER’S decision to get out of his broken-down car whilst waiting for assistance has potentially saved his life after it was struck by a second vehicle just moments later.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) received a call to a road traffic collision on the A38, near to the junction with the A5192, in Lichfield at 6.09am and sent one ambulance and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We arrived to find a car on its roof that had crashed into the central reservation after colliding with a stationary car.

“The driver of the stationary car, which had broken down, had moved to a place of safety at the roadside, a decision which has potentially saved his life given the collision that followed.

“WMAS urges all occupants to get out and move to a place of safety on the roadside if you are unfortunate enough to break down whilst travelling. It really is not worth the risk of sitting in your vehicle because, as proved in this case, it has the potential to lead to extremely serious consequences.

“The driver of the overturned car, a man believed to be in his 40s, was assisted out of the vehicle, treated for back pain and immobilised before being taken to Queens Hospital, Burton.”

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