Man dies and woman seriously injured in four-vehicle crash near Market Drayton
A man has died and a woman has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a four-vehicle crash near Market Drayton.
The collision, which involved a white Peugeot van, a blue Landrover Discovery 4x4 and two cars, happened just before 10.30pm yesterday on the A53 Newcastle Road near the junction of Sandy Lane in the village of Ashley between Market Drayton and Stoke.
The driver of the van, a 38-year-old man, was confirmed dead at the scene after the vehicle caught fire and a 48-year-old woman was rescued from the 4x4 by members of the public and taken to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital by ambulance.
The drivers of the cars were uninjured.
Police closed the road, which was still closed at 7am this morning.
Staffordshire Police has confirmed four vehicles were involved in the crash and support from specialist officers is being given to the van driver's family.
Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service sent firefighters from Market Drayton to the scene with crews from Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service.
Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and two doctors from the North Staffordshire BASICS scheme also attended.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a serious collision.
“The van was on fire and sadly, nothing could be done to save a man who was confirmed dead at the scene.
“A woman in her 40s from the 4×4 had been pulled from the vehicle by quick thinking bystanders fearing it might catch fire too. She was assessed and treated at the scene for serious injuries.
“She was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital; one of the doctors travelled with the ambulance crew."
West Mercia Police are investigating the crash and anyone with any information or dashcam footage that could assist should contact the police on 101 quoting incident reference number 836 of August 7.
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