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Eight injured as three cars collide in Birmingham.

The Aston expressway on 20 November 2011
Image caption West Midlands Ambulance Service sent five ambulances to the scene

Eight people have been injured, two of them seriously, in a collision between three cars in the centre of Birmingham.

The two most seriously injured are women who had to be freed from their vehicle following the collision at 18:45 GMT on Saturday.

The accident happened on the Aston Expressway.

Medics from a specialist emergency care team helped treat the injured who were taken to the Queen Elizabeth, City and Heartlands Hospitals for treatment.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said they also sent five ambulances and an incident support officer to the scene.

Spinal boards

"The elderly woman sustained chest and abdominal injuries and the woman in her 30s suffered head and pelvic injuries in the crash," the spokeswoman said.

The older of the two women was treated en-route to hospital by a member of the West Midlands Central Accident Resuscitation and Emergency (Care) team.

A woman and a man from the second car were not seriously injured and were taken to Heartlands Hospital by land ambulance.

Two women, rear seat passengers in the third car, also had to be freed by fire crews from their vehicle.

A fire service spokesman said crews had to use cutting equipment to remove the roof from the car to free the casualties.

He said in total they sent crews from four stations to the scene after they were called by West Midlands Police.

One had suffered a fractured collar bone and the other had a shoulder injury.

The ambulance spokeswoman said both were "immobilised with neck collars and spinal boards" before being taken to hospital.

Two men who were also in the car with them suffered minor injuries and were also taken to the City Hospital.

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