Delivery driver, 28, fights for life after being run over as he tried to stop thief stealing van
A delivery driver is fighting for his life after being run over by his own van while trying to stop a thief from stealing his vehicle.
The man, aged 28, is understood to have been making a delivery when he saw his van being stolen on Oxbarn Avenue in Wolverhampton on Friday afternoon.
He attempted to stop the van as it was driven away and was hit and reportedly dragged along the road.
He was taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition.
Around 10 police vehicles were sent to the Bradmore area of the city after the man was injured at around 1pm.
One resident, who lives nearby and asked to remain anonymous, said: ‘I was sitting in my house when I heard a noise outside.
‘I looked outside and saw this guy lying on the street, which was a shock.
‘The police got here quickly and I saw him being taken away in the air ambulance.’
Another neighbour added: ‘It’s frightening to think that could happen around here.
‘I think it was a delivery driver who was making a delivery and someone tried to steal his van, from what I’ve heard.
‘I hope the guy’s OK.’
An air ambulance landed on the nearby recreation ground before the man was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where there is a major trauma centre, by land ambulance.
The 28-year-old victim was rushed to hospital following the shocking incident in Oxbarn Avenue yesterday
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘We were called to reports of a collision between a van and a pedestrian on Oxbarn Avenue at 1.15pm.
‘One ambulance, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, with a doctor on board, attended the scene. On arrival we discovered one male patient who was found to have suffered serious injuries.
‘He received specialist trauma care at the scene before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance.’