Two bus drivers, who had to be cut free from their cabs, and four other passengers have been treated by ambulance crews and taken to hospital following a collision between a single decker and double decker bus in Birmingham this morning.
In total, 13 patients were assessed by West Midlands Ambulance Service, seven of whom were discharged on scene.
The incident occurred on Addison Road shortly after 11am. Five ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a doctor, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived on scene to discover two buses that had been in collision with the front driver’s side of both vehicles having suffered significant damage.
“It quickly became evident that both drivers were trapped as a result of the incident and ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to free them, a process which took approximately 90 minutes.
“The fire service’s technical rescue team had to manoeuvre the double decker bus backwards before carefully cutting part of the side of both vehicles away.
“The driver of the single decker bus, a man believed to be in his 40s, was treated by ambulance staff for leg injuries and once freed, was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
“The driver of the double decker bus, a man thought to be in his 40s, was also treated for leg injuries and again taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
“Both men appear to have escaped serious injuries which given the significance of the collision is extremely fortunate.
“One of the passengers on the single decker bus, an elderly female, had to be helped from the vehicle on a stretcher. She was treated for back injuries and taken to the same hospital.
“A further ten patients were assessed and triaged at the scene by HART, of which three required further assistance and onward travel to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
“A man from the single decker bus was treated for elbow, shoulder and knee injuries, whilst two females, one of whom was elderly, were treated for minor injuries.
“All six patients who were taken to hospital were done so by land ambulance.
“The remaining seven patients were discharged at scene.”
Verne Troyer has tragically died aged just 49
Verne Troyer who was know for his role in Mini-Me within the Austin Powers films has tragically died today.
Verne had made it public that he was struggling with alcoholism & depression leading up to his death.
On April 3rd Verne was rushed to hospital following suspected alcohol poisoning. A friend contacted police after a call from Verne who appeared to be very upset, drunk and feeling suicidal.
His agent has released a statement requesting thoughts and prayers for Verne at a difficult time.
“Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers. He’s getting the best care possible and is resting comfortably.
“Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world. We will keep you updated here.”
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Verne.
Cops catch gang of criminals leaving Hartlepool in stolen cars
Recently in Hartlepool there has been an increase in criminals targeting Ford Fiesta cars, because criminals have a device that gets them into the car without the need for a key.
Over recent months up to Three Fiesta at a time have been going missing.
This morning the gang was at it again but this tome they didn’t count on the CDSOU A Relief who this morning recovered not 1; not 2 but 3 Stolen Ford Fiesta motor cars all attempting to leave Hartlepool containing suspected travelling criminals.
Police said “One of the vehicles unfortunately lost control and crashed while the other 2 vehicles had their front tyres stung and limped to a stop with one of the vehicle’s going the wrong way onto the A19 which was stopped by an unmarked vehicle. The driver was detained after a short foot chase and with the assistance of dog section 2 more males were also detained from another vehicle.
“Offences these males were arrested on suspicion of were theft of motor vehicle; drink driving; drug driving; dangerous driving; fail to stop for Police; no insurance and no licence.”
TV Presenter Dale Winton Dies Aged 62
Dale Winton who was best known for his game show Supermarket Sweep and In It To Win it has tragically died aged 62z
His agent has this evening confirmed the very sad news that Winton has lost his life.
No further details around Winton’s death have been released and it is requested that his family are offered privacy at this very tragic time.
His long-term agent Jan Kennedy said:
It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today.
While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time of grief.
A number of tributes have been left on Twitter
RIP the great entertainer Dale Winton. So young at 62.
— Duncan Bannatyne (@DuncanBannatyne) April 18, 2018
So so sad and shocked about the lovely Dale Winton. God bless ❤️
— Rylan Clark-Neal (@Rylan) April 18, 2018
So sorry to hear about the untimely death tonight of Dale Winton aged 62, he was a great all round entertainer and such a wonderful character. R.I.P. Dale… pic.twitter.com/xliot7cbeV
— Angela Rayner (@AngelaRayner) April 18, 2018
Winton started his career as a DJ in London and he was soon hosting his own show on local radio.
This lead Winton to joining the BBC Bristol to present Pet Watch for BBC One.
Over the years he also worked for Channel 4 ITV and on BBC One’s national lottery show.