Van driver hurt in M6 smash - UPDATE
A VAN driver had to be airlifted to hospital following a crash on the M6 this morning in Stoke-on-Trent.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 15 and 14 in Hanchurch at 11.30am on Saturday.
Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a van which had collided with a barrier.
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“All three occupants were out of the vehicle. The driver, a man believed to be in his 20s, suffered a leg and pelvic injury and was in a lot of pain.
"The doctor and crews administered pain relief to the man and stabilised his condition before he was fully immobilised.
"The man was then airlifted to the University Hospital North Staffordshire for further treatment."
The southbound carriageway was closed for more than two hours following the crash.
Stoke City players driving to the Britannia Stadium ahead of today's match against West Bromwich Albion were among the motorists caught up in the tailbacks.
“The two passengers suffered relatively minor injuries and were immobilised as a precaution by crews before being taken to the same hospital for further assessment.
“Both carriageways of the motorway were closed for a time to enable the air ambulance to land and lift off from the scene.”