Two people died and a lorry driver has been arrested after a collision on a major road through the region.
The occupants of a Kia Rio car, a man, aged 35, and a woman, 29, were killed in the crash with a lorry at around 11.15 last night on the border between Brownhills and Staffordshire on the A5 Watling Street, Newtown.
The driver of the lorry, a 43-year-old man from the Czech Republic, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Medics gave both the man and woman emergency treatment as soon as they arrived at the scene of the crash but were unable to save them. The lorry driver was unhurt.
The A5 was closed from its junctions with the A461 and the A452, on both the northbound and southbound carriageways, from the time of the collision until 7am this morning.
Sgt Ben Foster, from Staffordshire Police, who is leading the investigation, said: "We are appealing to anyone who may have seen the collision or the vehicles shortly before the collision to come forward.
"We are working to establish the exact reason for this very tragic incident and we need to speak to anyone who was in the area and saw the vehicles involved."
John Hawker, spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: "On arrival at the scene, crews found a HGV and a car that had been in a significant collision. The two occupants of the car, a man and a woman, both suffered multiple serious injuries.
"Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance crews, nothing could be done to save the man and woman, and they were both confirmed dead at the scene.
"The lorry driver, a man, was uninjured in the crash and did not require treatment."
Anyone with information is urged to call Staffordshire Police on 0300 123 4455 quoting incident 1033 of June 17 2011.