A WOMAN was sedated at the scene of a serious two-car crash in Northfield this evening (Sunday) before being taken to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The incident – at the junction of Shenley Lane, Long Nuke Road and Gregory Avenue – happened at 6.30pm.
Paramedics were concerned because the woman, who is in her 40s, was unconscious after the car sustained serious damage to the driver’s side. After being cut free by the fire service and being sedated by the trauma doctor, she was immobilised with a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic splint. She was then taken to the specialist trauma unit for more emergency treatment for her head and pelvic injuries. Medics at A&E were pre-alerted of her arrival as she was said to be in a critical condition.
Two passengers from the same car – a man and a 12-year-old boy – were assessed by ambulance staff and, after being immobilised with neck collars and spinal boards, were taken to hospital – the man to the QE and the boy to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
The driver from the second car was assessed at the scene and discharged as he did not need further treatment.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson confirmed two paramedic area support officers, a community paramedic, three ambulances and a MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene. An off-duty ambulance crew came across the collision and also stopped to carry out aid.
“When ambulance staff arrived they found two cars which had been involved in a significant collision
“Whilst ambulance staff and the medic assessed the woman’s serious condition and began treatment, the fire service worked around them to extricate her from the wreckage. She had sustained a suspected pelvic injury and head injury.”