Driver trapped after three lorries crash on A46 near Tollbar Island

One of the lorries involved in the crash. Photo by WMAS.
One of the lorries involved in the crash. Photo by WMAS.
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A driver was cut from their vehicle after a serious crash involving three heavy goods vehicles on the A46.

Warwickshire Fire Service was alerted to the trapped person on the A46 between the Toll Bar Island and the TGI Island at 12.30pm today (Thursday).

Two fire engines from Leamington Spa attended, along with the RTC unit and support engine mobilised from Coleshill, and three engines from West Midlands Fire Service.

Crews confirmed there was one person physically trapped and the incident involved three heavy goods vehicles across all lanes of the northbound road.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

The person was released using hydraulic cutting equipment and received treatment from the ambulance service.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find three lorries that had been in a serious collision. “The driver of the rear lorry had suffered serious leg and suspected internal injuries and was trapped in the cab of his vehicle.

“The man, believed to be around 60 years old, received emergency treatment at the scene whilst trapped in the wreckage. Once extricated with the assistance of the fire service, treatment continued whilst the man was transferred by land ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency treatment. The Doctor from the Air Ambulance travelled with the ambulance crew on route to hospital who had been alerted to the mans injuries and condition.

“Two other men suffered minor injuries in the collision and also received treatment from medics at the scene; the driver of the second lorry was fortunate to only have suffered a wrist injury, and the driver of the first lorry was ejected from his cab onto a grass embankment and was fortunate to only have suffered a back injury. Both men, believed to be in their 50’s, were treated and then transferred in one ambulance to the same hospital for further treatment.

“All emergency services worked seamlessly together to ensure the patients received the best treatment as soon as possible.”

There are still serious delays on the A46 and drivers are advised to find an alternative route.