Hereford & Worcester

Binman badly hurt in Cradley Heath car crash

A binman has been airlifted to hospital with severe leg injuries after a bin lorry collided with a car in the West Midlands.

Police said the injured man was walking in Hillcrest Avenue, Cradley Heath, when the crash happened at 07:00 BST.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the man, in his 40s, was flown to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

It added that the driver of the car, also in his 40s, was taken to hospital with a head injury.

A spokesman for the ambulance service said: "Crews arrived to find a man, believed to be a refuse collection worker, had been seriously injured following a collision between a refuse lorry and a car."

He added that the driver of the car was taken by land ambulance to Russells Hall Hospital, in Dudley, for treatment.

After the crash police shut several roads in the area and said they expected them to remain shut for several hours.

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