A MAN has been anaesthetised and airlifted to hospital with a serious head injury following a collision between two vans and a car close to Tamworth.
The man, who was the driver of the car, had to be cut free from his vehicle with assistance from the fire service.
There were two other patients assessed by ambulance staff at the scene on the southbound A38 between Weeford Island and Bassetts Pole, both of whom were discharged with minor injuries.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called to the incident shortly before 10.15am and on arrival found three vehicles with significant damage.
“The car driver, believed to be 50-years-old, was suffering from a reduced level of consciousness and had suffered a serious head injury. He was also treated for suspected chest injuries.
“In order to stabilise his condition, the doctor from the air ambulance anaesthetised him before he was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital.
“Unfortunately, his condition is thought to be serious.
“A front seat passenger from the car, believed to be in his 30s, was treated for minor hand and knee injuries and discharged on scene.
“The final patient, from one of the vans, was an 18-year-old man who was also discharged on scene after being treated for an arm injury.
“The incident caused significant traffic disruption in the area which remains ongoing.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service sent two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire air ambulance to the scene.