Tuesday, 20 March 2012

M42 plunge driver dies

THE 35-year-old driver of a van which went off a bridge onto the M42 has died.

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The man, from the Shard End area of Birmingham, is thought to have lost control of his Nissan Cabstar between junctions 6 and 7 at about 1.45pm yesterday.

It fell onto the southbound carriageway, stroking a Ford Mondeo and Man box van. Those drivers were not injured.

The Nissan driver was treated by people at the scene and taken to Walsgrave Hospital for surgery with head, chest and abdominal injuries but died at 6.49pm.

The southbound carriageway between junction 7 and 6 was closed for more than four hours.

One lane on the northbound carriageway was closed to allow emergency workers access to the crash site.

At about 4.15pm the central barrier was cut open to allow southbound traffic to enter the northbound carriageway. The motorway re-opened at about 6pm.

Sergeant David Lawrence, from the West Midlands Police Collision Investigation Unit, said: "I would like to thank those members of the public who demonstrated great courage by assisting the casualty at the scene of the collision and those drivers who demonstrated great patience when unable to continue their journey for a significant period of time.

"Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of the driver."

Witnesses should call the police on 101.