THE driver of a van which careered off a bridge onto the M42 below has died.
The motorway was closed in both directions between junctions seven and six after the Nissan Cabstar van smashed through safety barriers on the A452 bridge at 1.45pm on Monday March 19, landing on the southbound carriageway of the M42 below. It then hit a Ford Mondeo and a Manbox van although incrediblt the drivers of both these vehicles escaped serious injury.
Paramedics from the Midlands Air Ambulance Service, stabilised the van driver who was then taken to hospital by land ambulance with severe head, chest and abdominal injuries.
The 35-year-old man, from Shard End, passed away in Walsgrave Hospital at 6.49pm later that day.
One lane of northbound carriage was reopened but the M42 southbound remained closed for over four hours while a forensic examination of the scene took place.
At around 4.15pm maintenance workers cut through the central barrier to allow southbound traffic, tailing back several miles, to join the northbound carriageway under the supervision of Highways Agency staff.
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 of the crash should call the West Midlands Police Collision Investigation Unit on 101.