M6 delays after two Catthorpe interchange crashes, one woman dead

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TWO smashes in two days at the notorious Catthorpe interchange have left one woman dead and five men injured.

The first accident, on Monday morning, involved four vehicles and left one man seriously injured and motorists facing over six hours of delays. The second accident happened on Tuesday afternoon and involved a car, van and people carrier and left one woman dead at the scene and four men needing hospital treatment. Both incidents occurred on the M6 Southbound between Junction 1 and the Catthorpe interchange, where the M6, M1 and A14 meet.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On Tuesday, the woman driver of the car was sadly confirmed dead at the scene. Four men in their thirties who were in the people carrier were all taken to University Hospital Coventry and the two most seriously injured, one with a chest injury, the other with pelvic and facial injuries, were both flown.”

They added: “On arrival at the scene on Monday, crews found a lorry, a car and two vans that had been in a significant collision.

“The man driving the car suffered serious head injuries and was unconscious when ambulance crews arrived. He received emergency treatment at the scene and his condition was stabilised before being extricated from the vehicle and immobilised using a spinal board and neck collar.”

Plans to rebuild the blackspot interchange were pushed back to at least 2015 last year and a public inquiry into the £300 proposed improvements scrapped.

The Department for Transport said while the project addressed clear problems, it did not currently fit within a ‘realistic budget’.