Saturday 4th April 2009
PARAMEDICS have praised modern safety features on cars, such as crumple zones, for saving three people from more serious injuries after a crash in Oldbury this morning (Saturday April 4).
The smash, involving two Vauxhall Astras, happened at about 7.20am in Newberry Lane.
Three ambulances, an incident support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford rushed to the scene - where they found a man and a woman who had managed to scramble out of their mangled vehicles, and a second woman still trapped in one of the cars.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said the woman who managed to escape had collapsed and was complaining of head and chest injuries before being airlifted to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham.
The other woman remained trapped in the vehicle for around half an hour before being freed. She was then taken by ambulance to Sandwell Hospital suffering from a fractured wrist and back pain.
The injured man, who had been driving alone, was also taken to Sandwell Hospital - suffering from a possible broken leg.
The spokesman for WMAS added: “The ambulance staff commented that both cars had suffered extensive damage to the front of the vehicles.
"However, what was noticeable was how little intrusion there was into the passenger compartments. This undoubtedly helped reduce the level of injury to the occupants.”