A motorcyclist has died at the scene of an horrific crash with a car at a notorious junction on a Shropshire road.
The Vauxhall Corsa immediately burst into flames after the collision with the motorbike opposite the Six Ashes pub on the A458 at Six Ashes, near Bridgnorth, just after 2pm yesterday.
Emergency services raced to the accident but despite the best efforts of paramedics, the male motorcyclist, who has not been named, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the car, believed to be an elderly man, was taken to Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley to be treated for minor injuries.
Police are now appealing for witnesses.
Firefighters from three stations took nearly half-an-hour to put out the fire, with the road remaining closed until 6.40pm.
Staffordshire Police spokeswoman Faye Casey said: “Following the collision there was a fire involving both vehicles and sadly the male motorbike rider was pronounced dead at the scene.”
Witnesses are asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101.
Meanwhile, huge rush hour queues formed on Telford’s Eastern Primary after it was blocked when a trailer being towed by a tractor overturned.
The tractor driver, a woman in her 20s, was hurled from the cab in the accident on the A442 near Stirchley Interchange at around 3pm yesterday. The situation worsened when a car crashed into the trailer soon after it had toppled over.
The car, trailer, and tractor blocked most of the northbound carriageway and caused delays and congestion until nearly 6pm.
The tractor driver suffered minor injuries and treated at the Princess Royal Hospital.
By Wayne Beese