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Lorry driver cut free by firefighters following three vehicle collision on M5

Three fire crews from Droitwich (2) and Bromsgrove (1) in addition to the specialist Incident Support Unit (ISU) – which is also based at Droitwich, attended the scene and used heavy cutting equipment and raised platforms from the ISU to remove both lorry doors and gain access to the casualty. Firefighters worked carefully with paramedics to immobilise the driver then carefully move him on a spinal board from the wrecked lorry to a land ambulance which transported him to hospital.


Station Commander Dan Quinn from HWFRS said, "This incident happened at the start of the evening rush-hour. The emergency services were rapidly deployed and once the lorry driver had been safely removed into the care of paramedics, both the police and highways agency worked rapidly to re-open the motorway.

"The good inter-agency working at this incident minimised what could have been much more serious disruption to evening commuters and travelers".

Fire crews were able to leave the scene after around 1 hour.