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Four identified after West Bromwich canal bridge crash

Four people died in a crash in West Bromwich
Image caption The crash took place near the brow of a hill in Greets Green Road

Four people who died as a result of a head-on crash at a hump-back canal bridge have been identified.

Joanne Ralley, 40, was driving a Citroen Saxo and Kelly Partridge, 34, a Ford Fiesta when the collision happened in Greets Green Road, West Bromwich.

Ashley David Simpson, 21, in the Saxo, and Tracey Chambers, 28, in the Fiesta, died. Four others were injured in the incident at about 0050 BST on Sunday.

A spokesman for the families said they were going through "absolute hell".

The two cars, which were going in opposite directions near the Walsall Canal, both contained four people.

An 11-year-old girl, two women, aged 28 and 36, and a 19-year-old man were described as being stable in hospital on Monday afternoon.

Mr Simpson had been in a critical condition but died in hospital on Sunday morning.

His former girlfriend, Stephanie Wood, said they were "together for two years and he was my first love".

Friend Sammy-Joe Andrews added that he was "always there for everybody".

Neighbours of Joanne Ralley have described her as a careful and skilled driver.

'Absolute hell'

Kelly Partridge was a respected driving instructor.

After Tracey Chambers passed her driving test, they had been out to celebrate, BBC Midlands Today reporter Bob Hockenhull said.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said earlier: "At this moment in time the families are going though absolute hell. It's a very traumatic experience for them all.

"Obviously something like this will raise the concerns of the local residents as to the safety of the road and that is something we will be looking into."

He appealed for any witnesses to contact them.

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent five ambulance crews, a rapid response vehicle and its hazardous area response team to the incident scene.

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