Man dies and two injured in M42 crash with road closed for several hours

A man has died and another two have been injured following a two-car crash on the M42 overnight.

Traffic has been stopped due to the incident
Traffic has been stopped due to the incident

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on the M42 Junction 9 north in Sutton Coldfield at 3.36am and sent three ambulances, three paramedic officers and a trauma doctor and critical care paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered a passenger from the first car in a critical condition.

"Crews administered advanced life support at the scene. Sadly, despite their best efforts it became apparent nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

“The driver of the first car had sustained serious injuries. He received treatment from ambulance staff before being conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital under blue light conditions.

“The driver of the second car had sustained non-life threatening injuries. He received treatment at the scene before being conveyed to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment.”

A National Highways spokesman said: "The M42 northbound between the M6 Toll and J9 Sutton Coldfield is closed due to a serious collision.

"The link road from the M6 south at J4A to the M42 north at J8 is also closed. Expect delays and please allow extra journey time."

Elsewhere this morning, motorway drivers were stopped due to a HGV fire on the M6.

The M6 southbound between J15 for Stoke and J14 for Stafford came to a standstill. Lanes 1 and 2 remain closed whilst emergency services work at scene.

A spokesman said: "There is around five miles of congestion on approach, with delays of 30 minutes above usual journey times."

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