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M6 crash drama among spate of smashes on Midlands roads

By Charlotte Callear | Great Barr | Transport | Published:

Two highways officers were injured after a car ploughed into his 4x4 while they helped a broken down motorist on the M6.

Crash near Junction 7 on the M6. Picture: Central Motorway Police Group

The smash came during a spate of crashes which brought chaos to roads and motorways across the Midlands.

Debris was scattered across the motorway near Great Barr after a late night collision blocked the route.

Two officers from Highways England had been attending to a broken down motorist at around 12.50am on Monday.

It is understood an Audi hit the highways vehicle in the crash.

The wrecked Audi after the crash near Great Barr on the M6. Picture: Walsall Red Watch/West Midlands Fire Service

Officers from Central Motorway Police Group tweeted an image showing the wreckage of the 4x4.

The bumper was ripped off with the rear of the 4x4 caved in by the force of the impact.

The crumpled wreckage of the white Audi shows the roof cut off with the front of the vehicle destroyed.

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A police spokesman tweeted: "Just shows how dangerous the motorways are."

They said colleagues from Highways England were dealing with a broken down vehicle on the hard shoulder with all their emergency beacons on when their vehicle was hit.

Highways England said its two officers suffered minor injuries.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said a man, aged in his 20s, had to be cut free from one of the vehicles and was taken to Sandwell Hospital with rib pain

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A second man in his 30s was also taken to the same hospital as a precaution.

The route was fully reopened after 3.10am.

Meanwhile earlier in the evening one of the main routes in and out of Wolverhampton was blocked by another smash.

Car impaled on fence in Stafford Road, Wolverhampton. Picture: Tettenhall Fire Station/West Midlands Fire Service

Stafford Road had to be cordoned off by police on Sunday evening after a car become impaled on a metal railing.

The railing was pictured upright embedded deep into the bonnet of the black Vauxhall car - narrowly missing the driver.

Crews from Tettenhall fire station were among those to visit the site of the crash at the junction of Oxley Moor Road.

It is believed the Vauxhall crashed into the central reservation, also knocking over a traffic light over.

The driver, a man in his 40s, had managed to escape the car by the time crews arrived to help at around 7.30pm.

He was taken to hospital for a precautionary check by West Midlands Ambulance Service but suffered no serious injuries.

The scene was cleared by about 8.05pm.

Twitter user Jenni Powell said: "Junction of Stafford Road and Oxley Moor Road? Too many accidents there. Something needs to be done."

The fire service has confirmed it will be working with police and ambulance officials to try and make the junction safer in the future.

Tettenhall fire crews tweeted: "We’ll be working with other agencies to see how to reduce incidents at this junction."

Earlier on Sunday, a motorist had to be airlifted to hospital after a two-car crash blocked a major route in Staffordshire.

Aerial view of crash in Kings Bromley. Picture: @MAAHMED09

The crash happened on the A513 Rugeley Road close to Alrewas Road.

A man in his 60s was taken to Royal Stoke Hospital with head injuries after the crash which happened at around midday.

Meanwhile a second man in his 80s had to be cut free from the car and was taken to Queens Hospital in Burton as a precaution.

Charlotte Callear

By Charlotte Callear
@CCallear_Star

Reporter based at the Express & Star's Wolverhampton head office

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