IN PICTURES and VIDEO: Bilston Road shut in Wolverhampton as driver seriously injured in crash

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A serious road accident shut a major commuter route into Wolverhampton this morning, triggering lengthy delays around the city.

Police shut the A41 Bilston Road between its junction with Ettingshall Road and the Bilston Street island on the ring road, causing disruption for motorists, trams and buses.

A man - who is believed to be in his 30s - was seriously hurt when a van hit a lamp post on the Bilston Road outside Charles Clark Toyota garage around 6.50am this morning.

He received trauma care at the side of the road and was taken to hospital in a serious condition. Police accident investigators were on the scene.

Trams from Birmingham were forced to terminate at Priestfield with passengers wishing to travel onwards to Wolverhampton able to use tickets and passes on the 79 and 39 bus services.

Traffic built up on streets around Bilston Road as police diverted motorists.

Claire Brown, a West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman, said: "Ambulance staff arrived to find a van which had sustained significant damage following a collision with a lamp post.

"The driver, a man believed to be in his 30s, sustained multiple serious injuries and was given trauma care on scene before being taken by ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham."

The crash has now been cleared and a normal tram service has now resumed.

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