A man has been airlifted to hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest on the M6 in Staffordshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to junction 14 on the southbound carriageway of the M6, Gailey, shortly before 7.30am today (Thursday). An ambulance, an incident support officer, a BASICS emergency doctor and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The motorway was closed by police in both directions to enable the helicopter to land on the carriageway.

“On arrival crews found a van on the hard shoulder. The driver, a man, was in cardiac arrest and being given excellent CPR by his passenger.

“Crews and the medic took over resuscitation attempts and worked together as a team to perform advanced life support on the man, delivering two shocks to his heart using an automated external defibrillator.

“The man was successfully resuscitated by the team on scene before being airlifted to University Hospital North Staffordshire.  Vital emergency treatment continued on route to hospital and medics at North Staffordshire were pre alerted to the arrival of the man who was in a serious condition.”


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