EMERGENCY services battled to free a seriously injured motorcyclist trapped beneath a seven-and-a-half ton lorry in Coventry Road, Sheldon, on Wednesday.
Once freed the 24-year-old was airlifted to University Hospital, Coventry.
Fire crews from Solihull, Sheldon and Hay Mills, who were alerted at about 11.20am, were joined by a major rescue unit crew from Bickenhill.
Crew commander Peter Williams, from Solihull Fire Station was in charge of the first fire crew to arrive.
He said: “The motor-cyclist was under the driver’s side of the front of the lorry. He had got wedged underneath and dragged along.”
Three high-pressure airbags were used to lift the vehicle and take the weight off the casualty, who was having difficulty breathing, and enable his helmet to be removed.
The man was conscious throughout the rescue, which lasted half an hour. He had multiple injuries but was able to talk to his rescuers.
Although he was wearing a leather jacket, he did not have leather trousers and had leg and buttock injuries. He was wearing trainers.
West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an ambulance, a rapid response vehicle and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
The crash happened near the Three Horseshoes pub, not far from the A45-Lyndon Road junction.
An ambulance service spokeswoman said: “Once freed the man was treated for head and chest injuries.”
Police said yesterday that the motorcyclist was “critical but stable” in hospital.
A spokeswoman said a 39-year-old man - understood to be the lorry driver - arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, had been released on bail pending further inquiries.
Witnesses should contact the road policing unit at Stechford on 0845 113 5000.