FRIDAY 12 June proved to be a tragic day on the roads in Staffordshire after separate collisions left one woman dead and a man with serious injuries.
In the first incidents, a man on a motorcycle had to be sedated by doctors at the scene of a road traffic collision which left him trapped beneath a van in Woodseaves, on Friday afternoon.
West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to the A519 in Woodseaves, Staffordshire at 2.45pm. Two local community first responders, an ambulance, a community paramedic, a senior paramedic officer, a North Staffordshire BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcyclist and a van which had been involved in a collision. The motorcyclist, a 50-year-old man, was trapped underneath the van.
“Whilst ambulance staff and the medics began to assess and treat the man, the fire service worked quickly to lift the van to release him. The man had sustained serious pelvic, chest, face and leg injuries. The doctors and ambulance staff worked as a team to administer pain relief and fluids. Due to the man’s condition, the doctors sedated him to help stabilise him on scene. Once stable, the man was immobilised with a neck collar and scoop stretcher and carried to the awaiting air ambulance.
“The man was then flown to Royal Stoke University Hospital, a major trauma centre, for further emergency care. A doctor continued treatment and monitoring en route to A&E.”
In the second incident, one woman died and two other people required treatment at a major trauma centre following a collision involving two cars and a lorry close to Burton-on-Trent.
West Midlands Ambulance Service and Staffordshire Police were called to the junction of the A515 and B5017 in Draycott in the Clay, near Newborough shortly before 10.00pm (Friday).
West Midlands Ambulance Service sent three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a senior paramedic officer, a community paramedic, a North Staffordshire BASICS doctor and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival ambulance staff found two cars and a lorry which had been involved in a significant collision at a cross roads.
“The driver of one car, a woman, was in traumatic cardiac arrest. Sadly despite resuscitation attempts at the roadside by ambulance staff nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.
“The driver of the second car, a 42-year-old man, was trapped due to significant damage to the front of the car. Upon assessment the man was found to have suffered a chest injury and abdominal pain. Whilst ambulance staff and medics began treatment, the fire service worked to carefully extricate him from the car.
“After around 40 minutes the man was released from the wreckage and immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital, a major trauma centre, for further assessment and treatment.
“The passenger, a 54-year-old woman, had managed to get out of the car despite suffering pain in her pelvis. She too was fully immobilised before being taken to the same hospital for further specialist trauma care.
“A doctor travelled with the patients to hospital to assist the ambulance crews en route.
“The driver of the lorry, a man, was uninjured.”