Lorry driver cut free
The incident took place just before 7.15pm along the A38 at Wychbold under the M5 motorway bridge at junction 5.
Fire crews from Droitwich, Redditch (x2) and Bromsgrove attended, along with the Incident Support Unit from Droitwich. Police, ambulance and the Highways Agency also attended.
Crew Commander Gareth Taylor from HWFRS said: “The articulated lorry, which was fully loaded with chipboard, had tipped over on to the driver’s side, with the driver medically trapped inside.
“One of our fire officers was able to gain entry into the cab and give immediate first aid to the driver, and then crews worked with heavy rescue cutting gear to get access through the windscreen and roof of the cab to extricate the injured man. Once released, the casualty was cared for by paramedics and then airlifted to hospital.”
He confirmed that the fire engine from Droitwich that attended the incident was one of two new Service vehicles fitted with ultra heavy rescue equipment, and that this specialist equipment was used effectively during the extrication.
Fire crews left the scene shortly after 8.30pm, having made safe the lorry while it awaited recovery.