Hereford & Worcester

Two die after tractor and car crash in Herefordshire

A woman and a teenage boy died and two younger boys were seriously hurt in a crash involving a car and a tractor in Herefordshire.

The collision happened at 10:10 GMT on the B4362 by Lucton School, near Leominster.

The teenager, a front-seat passenger, died at the scene. The two other boys were in the back seats of the car.

An air ambulance took the woman and the two boys to hospitals in Birmingham. The woman died a short time later.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it took around two hours to free the woman from the wreckage.

Witness appeal

Police said one of the injured boys was in a critical condition and the other stable at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

The ambulance service said one of the boys in the back seats suffered serious multiple injuries and had to be anaesthetised at the scene to stabilise his condition.

A spokesman said: "Crews and the medics worked with the fire service to carefully extricate him from the vehicle, which took around 45 minutes."

The injured boy was immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board before being airlifted to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

The second boy suffered a serious leg injury, according to the ambulance service.

The road was closed and diversions set up while all three emergency services worked at the scene to release the casualties.

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances which led up to the collision and have appealed for witnesses.

Insp Damian Sowrey said: "We believe the red [Vauxhall] Corsa car was travelling towards Yarpole and the green John Deere tractor in the opposite direction towards Mortimer's Cross."

The Herefordshire coroner has been informed and an inquest will be opened in due course, police said.

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