Driver hurt and road closed as lorry jackknifes on major route

A lorry jackknifed near to a railway station closing off a major route into Wolverhampton today.

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The jackknifed lorry today

Emergency services were called to the A41 in Albrighton just before 9am.

The accident happened close to the junction with Station Road, close to Albrighton Railway Station.

It closed off the road in both directions for more than two hours.

The driver of the lorry, a man in his 30s, was freed by firefighters and paramedics took him to the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.

West Mercia Police spokesman Richard Ewels said: “We were called shortly before 9am by the ambulance service. The report that came to us was that one vehicle was involved and it completely blocked the A41.

“It was on Station Road close to Albrighton Railway Station.”

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The jackknifed lorry near to the railway station on the A41 in Albrighton, close to the junction with Station Road

Chris Kowalik, West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The lorry driver, a man in his 30s, was experiencing tenderness to his back.

“He was immobilised onto a spinal board and was freed from his cab with the help of the fire service who also attended the scene.

“He was taken to Princess Royal Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

The road reopened at around 11.30am.

Just two weeks ago the road was closed off when a coach carrying children to Adams’ Grammar School in Newport collided with a Mercedes and hit a tree.

The crash happened close to the A41’s junction with Perton and a female driver in her 50s had to be freed from the car and taken to hospital. A small number of children on the coach were injured but none seriously. The smash closed the road for three-and-a-half hours.