SIX people have been killed and another is fighting for life after a horrific crash in Birmingham, The Sun reports. The crash, involving three cars including a taxi in Edgbaston, Birmingham, occurred in the early hours of this morning and saw victims ejected from their vehicles in a scene of utter devastation.
Shocking pictures show debris littering the road, with cars mangled and passengers trapped. The scale of the crash meant that 40 firefighters worked at the scene.
At a press conference today, Chief Inspector of West Midlands Police Sean Phillips said that officers had identified all those involved in the crash. However they will not be named until cops have spoken to their families, he added.
It is thought that in two of the vehicles involved multiple people were not wearing seat belts, but Mr Phillips refused to confirm or deny if that was the case. A vehicle was also seen going into the central reservation of the road. It is not clear is this was a cause or a consequence of the smash.
Reporters also quizzed Mr Phillips on whether or not two people involved in the smash managed to escape from a mangled vehicle unassisted.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “In the first car there were a man and a woman. The vehicle had suffered very extensive damage but astonishingly, despite the damage, the pair had managed to get out and had suffered relatively minor injuries.
“They were taken to Heartlands Hospital by ambulance for further assessment. The second vehicle, a ‘black cab’ was on its side. Sadly, there was nothing that could be done to save the driver and he was confirmed dead at the scene.
“The man and woman in the back were rapidly extricated. Unfortunately, it was not possible to save the woman and she was also confirmed dead at the scene.
“The man was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the MERIT trauma doctor travelling with the crew. Sadly, he died at hospital.
“There were four men from the third car. “All had been ejected. “Tragically, three of them were confirmed dead at the scene. “The fourth was also taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the Critical Care Car doctor travelling with the crew.
“He was said to be in a critical condition on arrival. There were three further cars involved in the crash which had tried to avoid the crash scene. “Ambulance staff did not see anyone from the first vehicle.
“A man and a woman from the second vehicle suffered minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment. “There were two men in the third vehicle.
“One was discharged on scene after assessment; the other said he didn’t require any assistance. “This was an extremely complex and distressing crash scene that required excellent multi-agency teamwork.
“The ambulance service has already debriefed all of the staff involved and will be providing on-going support as required due to the nature of the incident.”
The Force Support Unit of West Midlands Police said this morning that Belgrave Middleway, near Edgbaston, Birmingham, would be closed from Islington Row to Bristol Street “throughout Sunday”.
They tweeted: “All first responders at the scene are doing their very best in very difficult and upsetting circumstances. “This is a very serious incident.” Police have yet to confirm any further details surrounding the crash.
The Hazardous Area Response Team of West Midlands Ambulance Service described it as a “significant incident”. Witnesses describe seeing “at least two people lying lifeless” after the serious crash, which involved a taxi.
Lizzy Bowers, 18, is from London but was visiting friends in Birmingham when she heard the crash. She said: “I was in the McDonald’s drive through and there were two loud bangs.
“Everyone abandoned their cars and people flocked from everywhere, even flats nearby, to come see what happened. “There was two people lying lifeless about 20ft apart from each other and then a people carrier taxi squashed up the wall against another car, which was almost unrecognisable as a car.
“I saw at least two people trapped under the taxi. “Other cars behind had bumped into each other, probably from slamming their brakes on. “Very upsetting, emergency service arrived almost minutes after and has been cordoned off with lots of police since.
“There was another small vehicle further down that had been crashed into, but yes there was the taxi and the car up against the wall. “It was the most horrible thing I have ever witnessed. It didn’t look good at all.
“I hope everyone involved is okay, especially this close to Christmas – tragic.”