A man was trapped in the wreckage of his car for an hour and a half after a three-vehicle collision left him wedged underneath a lorry.
His vehicle was left trapped following a collision with another car and the lorry somewhere between junctions two and three of the A46 in Leek Wootton.
Two ambulances and a trauma doctor were sent to the scene at around 3.45am on Monday and blood was rushed from a hospital for emergency treatment to be administered.
The man in his 40s was trapped in the wreckage and had to be cut free by firefighters before being treated for a serious back injury.
He was taken on a spinal board to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for more emergency treatment.
The driver of the second car - a man in his 20s - was also found with head and pelvic injuries before being taken to hospital.
The driver of the lorry was not injured.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon assessment, the medics found the man had sustained a serious back injury. “Whilst ambulance staff worked to administer pain relief and stabilise his condition, the fire service worked around them to cut away the wreckage.
“The driver of the second car sustained a head injury and pelvic injury in the collision. He was given pain relief and rapidly extricated before being immobilised and taken to the same major trauma centre.”