Police seek HGV driver following M42 collision near Birmingham Airport

Police are appealing for witnesses, including an HGV driver who could be key, after a collision on the M42

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West Midlands Police are appealing for witnesses as part of an investigation after a serious collision on the M42 yesterday (Tuesday, July 25). Police are specifically looking for the driver of an HGV trailer - who could be a key witness.

The incident took place around 1.40pm on the M42 north, just after J6 for Birmingham Airport, and involved a car transporter and a van. The passengers of the van - a man and a woman were taken to hospital - and the woman’s injuries are described as life-changing, while the man suffered less serious injuries. The car transporter driver was checked over the at the scene but did not need to go to hospital.

Emergency services including an Air Ambulance attended the scene near junctions 6 and 7 near Bickenhill at around 1.40pm. An ambulance, paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a van and a lorry had been involved in a collision. The passenger of the van, a woman, had to be extricated from the vehicle with the assistance of fire colleagues. Ambulance crews provided advanced trauma care for potentially life-changing injuries before she was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further treatment.

“The driver of the van, a man, was assessed and treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being conveyed by land ambulance to the same hospital. There were no other injured patients”.

Det Sgt Paul Hughes from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “I’m really keen to hear from any witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage. In particular, I’m trying to identify the driver of a blue articulated HGV curtainside trailer which was in lane 1 just in front of the vehicles involved when the collision occurred. This person could be a key witness.” Anyone with information has been asked to get in touch via Live Chat on West Midlands Police website, quoting log 2204.