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Three people including two-year-old taken to hospital after crash on main cross-border road

Three people including a two-year-old child have been taken to hospital - two with life-threatening injuries - after a crash on the road from Shrewsbury to Welshpool this morning.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a collision involving a red Vauxhall Astra and a green and white DAF lorry on the A458 near Middletown at 11.04am today.

A spokeswoman for the West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "Three ambulances, one paramedic officer, the Midland Air Ambulance from Cosford, the Midland Air Ambulance from Tatenhill and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

"Upon arrival at the scene we found three patients who were a woman and a child from the car and a man who was the driver of the lorry.

The emergency service said that the woman who was the driver of the car was freed from the vehicle by the fire service.

"She was assessed by ambulance staff and had sustained life-threatening injuries," said the spokeswoman.

“The child who was a passenger in the car was assessed by ambulance staff and had sustained life-threatening injuries.

“Ambulance staff administered advanced trauma care to them both at the scene."

The woman was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the child was airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital air for further treatment.

“The driver of the lorry had sustained serious injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening injuries," said the spokesman. "He received treatment from ambulance staff at the scene.

“He was conveyed to Royal Shrewsbury University Hospital for further assessment.”

Police said the A458 just past Halfway House near to Plas Y Court Farm would be closed for several hours while the incident is dealt with.

Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service said crews from Shrewsbury, Wellington and Minsterley were on the scene where they were releasing a woman trapped in one of the vehicles. A spokesperson also said a child was being treated at the scene.

The county fire service spokesperson said that crews used cutters and spreaders to deal with the incident.

"One casualty released from vehicle," said the spokesperson. "All casualties in care of ambulance crews." They sent their incident stop message at 12.29pm.

AA Traffic News website say the crash was first reported at 10.21am where there is very slow traffic both ways near Wollaston turn off.

It later showed the entire stretch of road from Ford to Middletown was closed with diversions via Oswestry.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson confirmed medics were called to treat a patient at the scene.

Officers from West Mercia Police has now launched an appeal for witnesses to the crash.

Investigating officer Pc Ben Ward said: “We would like to speak to any drivers that have dash-cam fitted to their vehicles, or any other witnesses that were either travelling in either direction on the A458 this morning around the time of the collision."

Those with information are asked to call 101, extension 770 2085 or email quoting 00152_i_16052023.

National Highways has also said the road is expected to be closed throughout the day.

  • Those travelling east should follow the solid square diversion symbol:

  • At the junction of the A458/A483, continue on the A483 northbound towards the A5 Mile End roundabout

  • At the A483/A5 roundabout, take the exit to the A5 southbound

  • Continue on the A5 southbound to then re-join the A458 eastbound

Westbound traffic should follow the solid diamond diversion symbol:

  • At the junction of the A5/A458, take the exit to the A5 northbound

  • Continue along the A5 to its junction with the A483 Mile End roundabout

  • Take the exit to the A483 southbound and continue to re-join the A483 westbound at Buttington Cross

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