COMMUTERS suffered major delays on Monday and Tuesday following two crashes on the M6
Three people were involved in a crash that shut the M6 when a lorry carrying hay bales collided with a car on Monday afternoon (September 15).
The crash took place on the northbound carriageway heading towards Birmingham between junctions 3 and 3a past the Ricoh Arena.
Two ambulances and a senior paramedic ambulance officer treated three people for minor injuries.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The lorry had overturned blocking three lanes of the carriageway.
“Fortunately following assessment by ambulance crews both the lorry driver, a man in his 60’s, and the car driver, a woman in her 40’s, were found to be uninjured.
“A third patient, a man, who was in a car behind the collision, was treated at the scene for back pain after coming to a sudden halt to avoid the collision. The driver did not require any further hospital treatment.”
The closure caused traffic chaos throughout Coventry and the surrounding areas.
A diversion led rush hour traffic to the A45 which caused heavy traffic on the M69 and several main roads including Hinckley Road, Tile Hill Lane, Binley Road, Brandon Road and the A444.
And on Tuesday (September 16) a workman was trapped on the M6 for over an hour after a crash between a van and lorry.
Rush hour traffic in the east of the city was badly affected following the collision at 5am, where the motorway passes underneath the junction 2 roundabout.
Six people were involved in the crash on the northbound carriageway, five of which had been travelling in the flatbed van.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman, said: “The most seriously injured patient was a 52-year-old man who was the front seat passenger in the van. The vehicle had suffered serious intrusion from the collision leaving him trapped by his legs by the dashboard.
“Ambulance staff worked with firefighters for about 75 minutes to extricate him. He had injuries to his left leg and head. He was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board before being taken to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.”
A man in his early 20s, who was sitting in the back of the van, was also taken to hospital with minor neck pain. Everyone else was released at the scene.
At first traffic was stopped completely, but was later taken off the M6 using the off and on slip roads.