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Six dead in huge six-vehicle crash in underpass

Six people have died in a six-vehicle crash in an underpass in the early hours of this morning (17 December).

Emergency services were called just after 1am to the Lee Bank Middleway underpass at the junction with the A38 Bristol Road near Edgbaston in Birmingham.

The cordon in the early hours of the morning Credit: Twitter/@FSUWMP

The West Midlands Fire Service sent 40 fire crews to the underpass.

And the West Midlands Ambulance Service sent five ambulances, three paramedic officers, a Hazardous Area Response Team, a trauma doctor and the Air Ambulance to the scene.

They said all the dead came from two of the six cars. Three others are also in hospital with serious injuries.

Credit: BPM Media

There were six vehicles involved in the crash scene, which was extensive.

In the first car there were a man and a woman. The vehicle had suffered very extensive damage but astonishingly, despite the damage, the pair had managed to get out and had suffered relatively minor injuries. They were taken to Heartlands Hospital by ambulance for further assessment.

The second vehicle, a ‘black cab’ was on its side. Sadly, there was nothing that could be done to save the driver and he was confirmed dead at the scene. The man and woman in the back were rapidly extricated. Unfortunately, it was not possible to save the woman and she was also confirmed dead at the scene. The man was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the MERIT trauma doctor travelling with the crew. Sadly, he died at hospital.

There were four men from the third car. All had been ejected. Tragically, three of them were confirmed dead at the scene. The fourth was also taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the Critical Care Car doctor travelling with the crew. He was said to be in a critical condition on arrival. There were three further cars involved in the crash which had tried to avoid the crash scene.

– WMAS spokesman
Emergency Services remain working at the scene Credit: BPM Media

West Midlands Police said the road was likely to stay closed all day while they investigate the cause of the crash. They said they believe the road was gritted on Saturday evening.

Our thoughts and deepest sympathies remain with the families of those who have very sadly lost their lives this morning and those who have been injured or caught up in this incident.

– Sgt Alan Hands, West Midlands Police

Here is the full press conference from the emergency services.

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