A TOTAL of 13 vehicles were involved in two crashes which both happened on the M42 around the same time.
The incidents, at 5.10pm on Tuesday (May 5), occurred on the westbound carriageway between Junction 2 (Hopwood) and Junction 1 (Bromsgrove).
The first crash involved nine vehicles – some suffered significant damage but, miraculously, there were no injuries.
The second crash saw a van, a lorry and two cars collide and led to two middle-aged men suffering neck and side pain.
They were immobilised using neck collars and spinal boards and were taken to Redditch’s Alexandra Hospital.
Two women in their 20s also went to the same hospital – one, who was pregnant, was taken as a precautionary measure while the other one was suffering with muscular neck pain.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson confirmed three ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and two paramedic officers were sent to the scene.
“Due to the number of vehicles involved and for the safety of emergency services personnel, the motorway was closed for a period which resulted in extensive congestion in the area.
“However, considering the situation and number of vehicles involved, it is indeed fortunate that there weren’t more serious injuries.”