A motorcyclist was fighting for his life tonight after being trapped under a car in a crash on a major road through the Black Country.
Part of Birmingham New Road was closed for around five hours following the Tividale smash.
Police, fire crews and paramedics were called to the crash, which involved two cars and a motorcycle. The crash happened on Birmingham New Road at its junction with Regent Road and Hill Road at 11.45am.
The motorcyclist, a man in his 30s, was trapped beneath one of the cars for an hour as fire crews worked to free him and paramedics administered CPR.
Birmingham New Road was closed in both directions from the Burnt Tree junction with heavy traffic building as drivers sought alternative routes. It re-opened at 5pm.
Major road closures around Burnt Tree Island including the New Birmingham Road. If possible, please avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/aBd2N6Cw8v— Oldbury Police (@OldburyPolice) July 2, 2014
The man became trapped underneath the car, and his injuries are described as 'life-threatening'.
Two fire crews from Oldbury and Cradley Heath were called, and freed him using a large airbag to lift the car.
Paramedics were giving CPR to the man while fire crews were lifting the vehicle. He was freed at around 12.50pm and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
One resident, who did not wish to be named, spoke of his shock over what had happened. "I heard the bang but did not actually see the accident take place," he said. "After we heard the crash we heard sirens coming along the road and knew something was wrong. This is a very busy road but it is still shocking and very sad when something like this happens."The incident involved a motorcycle and two cars.
Another resident living near to the crash scene said he had been alerted something was wrong when he saw police arrive along the road. "A few people came out of their homes to see what was happening. You could tell it was serious by the damage to the motorcycle. Even living next to a busy road like this one you never expect something like this to happen on your doorstep."
A female driver of one of the cars also suffered minor injuries.