Two killed in Shropshire crash as car and lorry collide
Two people were killed and an elderly woman seriously injured in a spate of crashes across Shropshire.
The fatal accident happened on the A41 near Shifnal and involved a car and a lorry. Two people in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.
In a separate incident, also involving a car and a lorry, a woman in her 80s was airlifted to hospital with serious leg injuries following a crash at the Llynclys crossroads on the A483 near Oswestry.
Emergency services were also called to the A5 near Oswestry when a car was flattened as a trailer being towed by a tractor overturned near the Queen's Head pub.
The fatal crash happened on the A41 at Tong at about 2.20pm yesterday. The driver of the lorry was unhurt, but was treated at the scene for shock.
Richard Ewels, a spokesman for West Mercia Police, said: "I can confirm two people have died in a collision between a car and a lorry on the A41 between Albrighton and Tong at around 2.20pm.
"The occupants of the car were pronounced dead at the scene."
The road was closed, along with some of the surrounding roads including junction 3 of the M54.
The coroner for Shropshire, Mr John Ellery, has been informed. Police are still trying to contact the family members of those involved.
Steve Parry, a spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance service, said an ambulance, a paramedic officer, a paramedic in a rapid response car and the Medical Emergency Response Incident team were sent to the scene.
He said: "Sadly, it quickly became apparent to crews that despite their efforts nothing could be done to save two patients travelling in the car. They were confirmed dead at the scene.
"The driver of the lorry was assessed at the scene and later released."
The incident at the Llynclys Crossroads happened at about 10.15am yesterday and left the road closed for almost six hours.
The woman was driving a blue Renault Clio which collided with a white Volvo lorry. She was flown by air ambulance to the University of North Staffordshire Hospital in Stoke with serious leg injuries.
The lorry driver was not injured.
Mr Ewels said: "The sole occupant of the car, an elderly woman, was airlifted to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke with serious injuries."
At about 2.45pm emergency services were called to the B5009 near the Queen's Head public house.
A blue New Holland tractor was travelling along the road when the trailer overturned as it approached the main A5.
The trailer flipped on to a black car – which was unoccupied – causing extensive damage. Nobody was hurt.
Motorist Tom Edwards, 27, an engineer from Oswestry, said: "It looked quite a nasty incident – it's a good job no-one was inside."
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