Four injured in two-vehicle crash on A49 in Shropshire

Four people have been injured, two seriously, in a collision involving two cars on the A49 in Shropshire.

One vehicle caught fire and ambulance crews fought to stop the fire from spreading to the second car where two people were trapped, a spokesman said.

The road, between Bayston Hill and Dorrington, has been closed and will be for some time, police said.

The elderly couple were trapped for 30 minutes and suffered multiple injuries. A man and woman had leg injuries.

'Life-threatening condition'

Police said the road was closed at Church Stretton and the first roundabout at Shrewsbury.

Diversions have been put in place but there are long tailbacks and drivers are being asked to avoid the area if at all possible.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "The (elderly) patients were immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board before being conveyed by air ambulances to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

"The Queen Elizabeth Hospital was pre-alerted to the life-threatening condition of the patients.

"Two further patients were conveyed by land ambulances to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

"A male and female was treated for abdominal injuries and a leg injury."

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