Motorist dragged to safety after crash on the M40 near Leamington

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A car driver was dragged to safety by a lorry driver moments after their two vehicles had collided on the hard shoulder of the M40 near Leamington this morning.

The collision on the northbound side of the carriageway, just before junction 13, left the man’s car bonnet trapped underneath the lorry, but he was still able to free himself.

However, crews were told that shortly after getting out of the vehicle the man fell to the floor at the side of the motorway and was quickly dragged to safety by the lorry driver.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to the incident just before 9am and sent an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, a community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man who had been moved to the safety of a roadside embankment after falling to the floor shortly after getting out of his vehicle.

“The man, thought to be in his 30s, was assessed and treated for abdominal and pelvic injuries.

“He was immobilised with the use of a neck collar, scoop stretcher and pelvic binder before being transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance. Thankfully, his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

“The driver of the lorry, a man, was uninjured in the incident.”