7-Year-Old Gets Lucky Escape After A46 Crash

A seven-year-old boy had an "astonishing'' escape after a van ploughed into the back of a flatbed lorry in the West Midlands.

Pictures of the aftermath of the crash on the A46 near Coventry showed the van's front end had caved in under rear-end of the truck, which was buried at head height in the van's windscreen.

It happened at around 6.50pm on Saturday 22 October.

Paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance Service said the possibility of multiple fatalities had been ``enormous''.

The boy was trapped in the wreck for 45 minutes but was freed by medics and firefighters, before being taken to hospital with a badly broken left leg.

An ambulance service spokesman said: ``Considering the damage, the fact that the youngster was not far more seriously hurt, or worse, is astonishing.''

When medics got to the scene, they found a white van had struck the back of a parked flatbed recovery truck, which had stopped to pick up a car.

The lorry's driver had been at the rear of his truck just moments before the crash.

The 50-year-old driver of the van, which was towing a trailer at the time, managed to free himself from the wreck and suffered only minor head and leg injuries.

Medics checked the recovery driver, who was left badly shaken but otherwise unhurt.

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