West Midlands Police are appealing for information following a serious car accident in Longbridge Lane last night (Monday)
Following the collision, a 24-year-old man was taken to hospital after sustaining potential life threatening injuries. A 35-year-old woman was treated at hospital for bruising and three other passengers from her vehicle were treated for minor injuries.
The road was closed whilst officers investigated the collision and was re-opened at approximately 3.30am (12 June).
Three ambulances, the MERIT Trauma Doctor and a senior paramedic officer were sent to the scene. Two off duty members of staff who came across the incident also stopped to offer their assistance.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found two cars that had suffered extensive damage.
“There was significant intrusion into the passenger compartment of the first car. The passenger had been able to get out but the driver was trapped.
“Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate the man from the vehicle by removing the roof of the car.
“The man was anaesthetised at the scene by the doctor and was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board. He was treated for a head injury and was taken on blue lights to the Major Trauma Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
“The passenger was treated for lacerations to his head and was taken to the same hospital. Both men were estimated to be in their 20s.
“There were four people in the second car; two adult women and two girls aged about seven and eight years old.
“One of the adults was taken to the Women’s Hospital while the other three were treated on scene and discharged.”
Officers from the collision investigation unit are appealing for any witnesses to come forward. If you witnessed the incident you are urged to call PC Damian Gibson by dialling 101
Local residents have previously highlighted that there appears to be a rise in the number of accidents happening on the stretch of Longbridge Lane between Cofton Road/Groveley Lane and Alvechurch Road. The road was closed for several hours during the evening of May 4th following an accident and a few weeks previously, a car ploughed through the hedgerow into the adjacent field.
Update 13th June 2012: Northfield councillor Brett O’Reilly said: “I was extremely saddened by the incident on Longbridge Lane and my thoughts are with the victims and their families. We can only hope that they all make a full recovery from this terrible incident. By all accounts, the emergency services acted quickly and I think I can speak for the community in thanking them for their dedicated service.
“This stretch of road has been highlighted by residents recently and it is an issue that I will be looking into personally, to see what can be done to try to make the road safer for all.”