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Passenger injured as fire engine crashes with car while responding to incident

An injured passenger was taken to hospital after a crash involving a car and a fire engine on Christmas Eve.

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Emergency services at the crash in Oswestry town centre on Christmas Eve

The crash happened at one of Oswestry's main town centre crossroads at around 9.20am after fire crews were called to a crash at Mile End Roundabout.

Photos from the scene showed a red car left with serious front-end damage in between the traffic lights at Church Street and Upper Brook Street.

Paramedics and police officers were sent to the scene and a passenger from the car was taken to hospital but the fire service said this was only as a precaution.

The crossroads was shut for around an hour after the incident.

Jan Morris, area manager at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, said a detailed investigation would take place into how the crash happened.

“We offer our sympathy and best wishes to all involved, Ms Morris said.

"I would also like to thank colleagues from West Mercia Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service who supported us last night.

"There will be a detailed investigation into what happened, and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is committed to learning from any outcomes to reduce the likelihood of similar events in the future.

"I’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to be extra vigilant whilst driving in inclement weather so that we can all remain safe and well over the holiday period.”

A spokesman also sought to reassure people that "no-one was hurt or injured, although a member of the public was initially taken to hospital by ambulance as a precautionary measure."

Church Street and Upper Brook Street were back open by 10.45pm, Oswestry's Safer Neighbourhood Police Team said.

The extent of any injures in the Mile End crash is not yet known. A car had hit a tree off the A483.

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