Man seriously injured after crash in Wombourne
A man has been seriously injured after a two-car crash in Wombourne.
Firefighters had to free him from his car after the smash on the A449 Stourbridge Road between Himley and Wombourne at around 11.20pm last night.
Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor also attended.
The motorist, in his 50s, suffered injuries to his arm and neck in the crash and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
Meanwhile two people in another car which had overturned escaped with minor injuries.
West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman Claire Brown said: “One car was upside down when crews arrived.
"The second car had significant damage and the driver, a man in his 50s, had sustained a nasty arm injury and neck injury in the collision.
"Whilst ambulance staff administered trauma care to the man, the fire service worked around the team to carefully extricate him from the car.
“The man was given pain relief, his arm was dressed and immobilised with a vacuum splint before he was fully immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board and alerted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further trauma care.
“The two occupants from the overturned car escaped with minor injuries. Both were taken to New Cross Hospital as a precaution.”
The crash comes just two months after a coroner called for a lower speed limit on the busy A449 closer to Wolverhampton.
This followed the death of 90-year-old Frederick Dudley last year near the Miller & Carter restaurant - roughly one mile away from yesterday's serious crash.
At Mr Dudley's inquest, coroner Margaret Jones said: "It seems sensible to write to the local authority pointing out some of the problems, you have got a public house there, a brick wall and a bus stop...
"I would suggest to them that at the very least the speed limit is reduced to 40mph and that they may consider an alternative controlled crossing."