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Motorcyclist dies after collision with car on A5

A motorcyclist has died after a collision with a car on the A5 this morning.

It happened on the road between Queens Head and Oswestry at about 7.30am this morning.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said despite best efforts, it wasn’t possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

The man driving the car was shaken by what had happened, but was uninjured and was discharged.

The A5 in Shropshire will be closed until further notice. Credit: OPU Shropshire
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Smiler crash victims arrive at court ahead of sentencing

Joe Pugh and Leah Washington (holding hands) and Vicky Balch (in red dress). Credit: ITV News

Victims of the Smiler rollercoaster crash have arrived at court ahead of the ride's operator being sentenced for health and safety breaches.

Joe Pugh and Leah Washington were pictured along with Vicky Balch, who now has to wear a prosthetic leg.

Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd have been told to expect a "very large fine" after admitting charges at an earlier hearing.

The two-day sentencing is taking place at Stafford Crown Court.



There are problems on the M42 this morning Credit: PA
  • The M42 Northbound is blocked with stationary traffic due to an accident between Junction 2 A441 (Alvechurch / Redditch) and Junction 3 A435 (Portway / Redditch). There's congestion back to Junction 1 A38 / B4096 (Bromsgrove).
  • One lane is blocked on the M42 Southbound exit slip road due to a broken down vehicle at Junction 1 A38 / B4096 (Bromsgrove).


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