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Elderly woman seriously injured as crash shuts Cradley road

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An elderly woman is fighting for her life after being hit by a car on a main Black Country road today.

The collision happened on Colley Lane in Cradley Heath at around 10.30am and left the woman believed to be in her 70s with serious head and leg injuries

She was found lying on the road and was helped by several members of the public before medical staff arrived in land and air ambulances.

Once her condition was stabilised, her legs splinted and her body immobilised, she was rushed on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The driver of the black Vauxhall Corsa was unhurt and has been helping police with their investigation, while their vehicle was left on Colley Lane while collision investigators examined the scene next to the Rose Crown Pub.

Colley Lane remained cordoned off in both directions between Bethasda Gardens and Littlehill Crescent throughout the afternoon.

Scrap worker Jamie Danks happened to be driving past as the incident happened and described how he and members of the public battled to keep the injured woman conscious.

"I carry a first aid kit with thermal blanks in the van and I pulled over to run and help her," Mr Danks said.

"Other members of the public were with me and probably gave that lady an even bigger chance of survival."

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"There was a man holding bandages, without gloves, on the lady's head to try and stop it bleeding and another one of us were wrapping thermal blankets around her.

"It shows that there are some really lovely people out there who will stop and help to save a lady's life."

The air ambulance at the scene. Twitter picture from @benpooz

Staff from a nearby store, Alan's, also flocked to the scene to help the injured woman.

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Mr Danks added: "Someone that lived nearby, Ian, was with me and he did everything he could.

"He had a disabled child and he dropped everything to help."

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "A pedestrian has suffered serious injuries after being hit by a car on Colley Lane, Halesowen.

"Police were called to the scene at approximately 10:33am on Wednesday morning.

"The driver of the car stopped at the scene and is assisting officers with the investigation."

National Express West Midlands said its 243 route buses were being diverted, while the 002 Diamond route was also being delayed.

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