Van fire cause morning rush hour chaos at Catthorpe - The Rugby Observer

Van fire cause morning rush hour chaos at Catthorpe

Rugby Editorial 12th Jun, 2014 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

THREE men escaped with minor injuries after their van caught fire following an accident near the notorious Catthorpe Interchange.

Two lorries collided with the van at junction one of the southbound M6 at around 7.30am on Monday (June 9), causing long tailbacks.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said three men travelling in the van and believed to be in their 20s and 30s, received minor injuries.

They managed to escape from the van before the vehicle caught fire, and taken to University Hospital.

“The two lorry drivers involved in the incident were assessed at the scene but did not require hospital treatment,” the spokesman added.

The Catthorpe Interchange, which links the M6, the M1 and the A14, is used by around 142,000 vehicles every day, with around 250 people killed or seriously injured around the interchange over the past two decades.

The £190.7million improvement is now underway, to reduce congestion and improve safety by replacing the existing interchange with a three-level junction.

– A motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital on Saturday with serious injuries following a collision with another bike in Pailton.

The 44-year old woman sustained a broken arm and chest injuries after being hit by a bike coming the other way.

The Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance was called in at around 10.40am, landing on the road before taking the woman to University Hospital when her condition was said to have been stable.

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