Shropshire Star

Man airlifted to hospital in 'critical condition' after A41 crash involving cars and lorry

A man was airlifted to hospital in critical condition after being involved in a crash on the A41 that left him needing to be cut free from his car.

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A photo from the scene. (Photo: Market Drayton Fire Station)

The A41 near Sandford was closed on Wednesday evening as emergency services attended a collision involving three cars and a lorry.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service crews were mobilised to the scene at around 3.18pm to help free a driver who had become trapped after his car collided head-on with the HGV.

A spokesperson for Market Drayton Fire Station said: "One of the cars and the heavy goods vehicle had collided head-on, the car sustained significant damage resulting in the male driver being trapped and critically injured.

"Firefighters immediately began providing trauma care to the casualty assisted by two police officers from West Mercia Police.

"On arrival of one of the Midlands Air Ambulances, the care of the casualty was taken over by a doctor and critical care paramedics."

A statement on Thursday from the West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "We were called to reports of a collision on the A41 near Sandford, Whitchurch at around 3.10pm.

"Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance and critical care car from Cosford were sent to the scene.

"A man was treated by ambulance staff for critical injuries and airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.

"A woman was assessed by medics before being taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital via land ambulance for further treatment while the man driver was not injured."

A statement from West Mercia Police said: "Police were called to a two-vehicle collision involving a lorry and a car on the A41 in Sandford, Whitchurch around 3.15pm yesterday.

"One man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries."

Firefighters worked with hydraulic cutting, spreading and ramming equipment to gain access to the driver and created space for the medical teams to administer immediate treatment.

After being freed from the vehicle, the man was given life-saving treatment on scene, before being transported by air ambulance to the major trauma unit at the Royal Stoke Hospital.

The Shropshire firefighters added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their family at this very difficult time."

The road was closed in both directions between Tern Hill and Whitchurch for several hours while investigations took place and vehicles were recovered.

The West Midlands Ambulance Service was contacted for comment.