Six dead in huge six-vehicle crash in underpass

Elias Hubbard
December 17, 2017

Sgt Alan Hands from West Midlands Police's Collision Investigation Unit said: "We are now dealing with a very serious collision and working with partner agencies to establish what caused this collision to happen".

Emergency vehicles at the scene on Lee Bank Middleway, near Edgbaston.

Three men in another vehicle were also pronounced dead at the scene, while a fourth was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Area Commander Jason Campbell said: "The first West Midlands Fire Service crews arrived in less than four minutes and were met with a complex scene, spread over some distance".

They tweeted: "All first responders at the scene are doing their very best in very hard and upsetting circumstances".

A fleet of ambulances, three paramedic officers and an air ambulance all scrambled to the scene of the crash, the BBC reported.

A spokesman said a man and woman in the first auto "astonishingly" escaped with "relatively minor injuries" and were taken to Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham.

In the second vehicle, a taxicab, the driver and a woman passenger died on the scene.

'Sadly, there was nothing that could be done to save the driver and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

Two passengers in the back, a man and a woman, were quickly removed by the emergency services.

Four men were ejected from another auto, with three sadly being confirmed dead at the scene.

Three men died after they were thrown out of the auto while the driver of the black cab and his two passengers died after the vehicle tilted on its side, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

There were four men from the third auto. The man was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) by paramedics supported by the MERIT trauma doctor but unfortunately died at the hospital.

In all, a taxi driver, his two passengers, and three men traveling in another auto were killed in the crash, the Shropshire Star reported.

'It was the most awful thing I have ever witnessed.

Lizzy Bowers, 18, is from London but was visiting friends in Birmingham when she heard the crash.

'Everyone abandoned their cars and people flocked from everywhere, even flats nearby, to come see what happened.

'Other cars behind had bumped into each other, probably from slamming their brakes on.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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