A man in his 80s is fighting for his life following a two car collision in Stratford town centre this afternoon.
The collision between a white Mini and a red Ford Fiesta, occurred at around 1.30pm on Greenhill Street and the road was closed until around 5pm.
Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a doctor on board and a second helicopter from Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) with a doctor on board attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The paramedic area support officer was first on scene and arrived to find a man, the driver of one car, in cardiac arrest. A police officer and GPs from a nearby surgery were already performing excellent CPR on the man and were using a public access defibrillator.
“The paramedic took over resuscitation efforts and was assisted by a passing off duty paramedic who stopped to help. Once joined by ambulance colleagues, the team continued advanced life support at the roadside and managed to gain some cardiac output. Despite this, the man was still critical and was quickly airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by WNAA with a doctor on board. Upon arrival in A&E the man was said to be in a critical condition.
“A woman from the same car sustained chest pain and was treated on scene before being taken to Warwick Hospital. In the second car were two women; a mother and daughter. The driver suffered a suspected fractured wrist whilst the passenger had cuts and bruises. Both were treated by ambulance staff before both were taken to hospital in the same ambulance.
“It is always a welcomed sight for ambulance staff to see a patient in cardiac arrest receiving CPR. A special thanks to the GPs from Rother House surgery, the police officer and our off duty staff member for their assistance on scene.
“The road remains closed in Stratford-upon-Avon.”
Anne Marie Waul, a member of the public who was one of the first on the scene, said: “We heard this huge noise and I ran up there because I have some medical training.
“Doctors from the Rother House Surgery came out quickly too to help. I’m used to scenes like this but I had to console one woman nearby who was very shocked by what happened.”
Fellow bystander, June Kennedy, added: “I heard an enormous bang and when we came out we could see the two cars and lots of smoke.”