Cyclist seriously injured as car overturns in Wolverhampton hit-and-run crash

Two cyclists were rushed to hospital after their bikes were destroyed near New Cross Hospital.

One of the damaged bikes in the aftermath of the crash. @Wton_fire
One of the damaged bikes in the aftermath of the crash. @Wton_fire

FOUR people were hurt - with one suffering serious injuries - after two major crashes on busy roads in the region this week.

Two cyclists were injured, one seriously, after a hit-and-run crash outside New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton on Wednesday night at about 8.45pm, which saw a car flip onto its side.

And just hours after a newly-qualified driver, along with his passenger, escaped with minor injuries after the car they were in overturned on the Aston Expressway in Birmingham.

Police are investigating the hit and run in Wolverhampton, after two cyclists - 48-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man - were rushed to hospital.

Their bikes were completely destroyed in the collision, which saw a car end up on its side on the pavement.

Officers are now on the hunt for the driver of the red Ford Fiesta involved in the crash, who was nowhere to be seen when police, paramedics and firefighters arrived at the scene.

Fire crews used poles to support the overturned car. Photo: @Wton_fire

The 48-year-old woman remains in a serious condition in hospital, while the 50-year-old is in a stable condition. Both were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where the nearest major trauma centre is located.

Wolverhampton Road, by the exit of the hospital, was closed from New Cross Avenue to Graiseley Lane for several hours after the crash happened at around 8.45pm.

The second bike involved in the crash. Photo: @Wton_fire

Sergeant Mark Bull from the Traffic Unit at West Midlands Police has urged the missing driver to come forward and explain themselves.

"We need the help of the public to assist us in our investigation after two people, one seriously injured, are in hospital," Sgt Bull said.

"We have a number of active lines of enquiry and would urge the driver to do the right thing and come forward to explain their side of the story."

The driver of the car was not seen by paramedics. Photo: @Wton_fire

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival the man and woman cyclists were found some distance from their bikes.

“The woman, who was in her 40s, had suffered suspected fractures to an arm and a leg.

"Both were splinted before she was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The man, who was in his 50s had multiple lacerations and bruising to his legs. He travelled with the woman to hospital.

Police shared this picture from the closed road

“The driver of the car was not seen by ambulance staff.”

Anyone with information can call police on 101; quoting 2286 of 02/05/18.

Meanwhile, the newly-qualified driver who crashed on the Aston Expressway hours after the Wolverhampton incident left the scene with just minor injuries. The passenger was also not seriously harmed.

The Central Motorway Police Group posted photos of the A38M crash in the early hours after the car crossed all the lanes, smashed into the barriers and overturned.

Police say the driver had passed their driving test in December.

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