Shard End man killed in M42 collision
19 March 2012
THE DRIVER of a van which fell from a bridge and landed on the M42 has this evening (Monday 19 March) died in hospital.
The 35-year-old man from the Shard End area of Birmingham died at 6.49pm while undergoing emergency surgery for multiple serious injuries at Walsgrave Hospital.
His next of kin were at the hospital when he died.
Specialist traffic officers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident but initial inquiries suggest the deceased lost control of his Nissan Cabstar van at the traffic island on the A452 near the junction of the A446 before crashing through safety barriers and landing on the southbound carriageway of the M42 below.
The driver was tended to by other motorists until emergency services arrived at the scene.
Once stabilised by medic from the Midlands Air Ambulance Service, the man was taken to hospital by land ambulance with severe head, chest and abdominal injuries.
Police were alerted to the incident between junctions 7 and 6 at 1.45pm by a member of the public who dialled 999.
As the van came to rest, it struck a Ford Mondeo and a Man box van. The drivers of both vehicles escaped injury.
The southbound carriageway between junction 7 and 6 was closed for over four hours while a forensic examination of the scene was conducted and vehicles recovered. One lane on the northbound carriageway was closed to allow emergency workers easy access to the crash site.
Tailbacks stretched for several miles and drivers were advised to avoid the area. At around 4.15pm maintenance workers cut their way through the central barrier to allow southbound traffic which had not been able to leave the motorway to join the northbound carriageway under the supervision of Highways Agency staff.
The motorway reopened at 5.58pm.
Specialist family liaison officers have been appointed and are supporting the man's family during this difficult time.
Sergeant David Lawrence, from the West Midlands Police Collision Investigation Unit, said: "I would like to thank those members of the public who demonstrated great courage by assisting the casualty at the scene of the collision and those drivers who demonstrated great patience when unable to continue their journey for a significant period of time.
"Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of the driver."
The deceased is not being named at this time. This is to allow other relatives to be informed of is death.
Witnesses who have not yet spoken to police should call the West Midlands Police Collision Investigation Unit on 101.
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