Teenager seriously injured in Wolverhampton ring road collision

A 15-year-old girl was today fighting for her life in hospital after being hit by a car in Wolverhampton.

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The air ambulance at the ring road near Waterloo Road

Police were today appealing for information after the smash, which happened at around 4.30pm yesterday, near to the junction of Ring Road St Andrew’s and Waterloo Road.

The teenager was crossing the Ring Road at the Waterloo Road junction when she was struck by a Volkswagen Golf.

The girl was taken to hospital where she is being treated for life threatening injuries. The driver, who stopped at the scene, was interviewed and is assisting the police investigation.

Sgt Paul Hughes, from the Collision Investigation Unit, said: "We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed the incident.

"Wolverhampton Ring Road would have been busy at the time and we are sure people may well have witnessed what happened but are yet to contact police.

"We are currently following up a number of enquiries and it is important that we piece together the events leading up to the collision. I would appeal directly to anyone with any information, no matter how small it may seem, to contact myself or any member of my team."

The ring road was closed from Chapel Ash to Stafford Street for around five hours whilst emergency services worked at the scene and recovered the vehicle involved.

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Police cars and a cordon near the crash scene near Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton

West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman Murray MacGregor said: “The trust received no fewer than 11 999 calls about the incident.

“Unfortunately, the woman pedestrian had suffered very serious injuries.

“Due to her condition, she was anaesthetised at the scene before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where medics were on standby to receive her.

“On departing the scene, she was said to be in a critical condition. The man driving the car was uninjured in the incident.”

An ambulance, rapid response vehicle, paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from RAF Cosford, were sent to the scene. Another ambulance came across the crash and stopped to offer assistance.

Large numbers of people gathered at the scene as medical teams treated the woman.

One of those was Jack Noden, aged 18, from near Lower Penn.

He said: “I’ve been told it’s a woman who’s been injured and it’s pretty bad.

“The city centre is at a standstill but I think people just hope she’s OK.”

One woman from Perton, who didn’t wish to be named, said: “This is a horrible road and it’s a fast road. You get a lot of people walking down here.

“I don’t get why they don’t have the timers on the crossings like they have at Stafford Street.”

Anyone with information should contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.