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Cyclist seriously injured in collision

The man was flown to the Royal Stoke University Hospital Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A cyclist has been airlifted to hospital following a collision with a car yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to Longford Road Junction in Newport shortly after 2.20pm and sent an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance to the scene.

Crews arrived to find a cyclist, a man believed to be in his 70s, with a reduced level of consciousness following a collision with a car.

Following assessment he was treated by medics for a serious head injury and once his condition was stabilised, he was transferred on to the air ambulance and taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Unfortunately, the man’s injuries were considered very serious.

There were four occupants in the car, two adults and two children, all of whom were assessed and discharged at scene.

– A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman


Road crash demo for student drivers in Shropshire

More than 300 students will watch a car crash 'victim' released from the wreckage of a vehicle by firefighters at a road safety education event in Newport today.

The demonstration in front of students aged 18 to 25 will be staged at Harper Adams University this evening by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service will organise the road safety education event Credit: Davie Higgens/PA Wire

Martin Richardson, Crew Manager at Newport Fire Station, will provide a live commentary for students as a team of eight firefighters carry out the extrication to simulate what happens in a real road traffic collision.

We want to bring it home to them that a number of road traffic collisions we attend, involve that age group. A car can be a very dangerous machine when handled irresponsibly

– Martin Richardson, Crew Manager at Newport Fire Station

He said excess speed, misuse of alcohol and drugs, peer pressure, mobile phones and poor car maintenance were the main reasons behind the high number of road crashes among men in the 17 to 29 age group.

School bus involved in a crash

A crash involving a school coach and a silver Mercedes happened on the A41 near the Perton crossroads just after 8.05am. Some children suffered minor injuries according to Staffordshire police but none requiring medical treatment.

The bus was believed to be a Hills coach carrying children to Adams Grammar School in Newport.

The driver of the Mercedes and the driver of the bus suffered slight injuries and are being assessed by paramedics at the scene.

Police officers have notified the school so parents can be informed and alternative transport has been arranged to get the children to school.

The collision is currently blocking the road and motorists are asked to avoid the area if possible.