Man killed in ambulance crash in Shropshire

A man has died and four people have been injured in a crash between a car and an ambulance carrying a patient in Shropshire.

Police said it happened shortly before 13:45 BST on the A49 at Preston Brockhurst between Shrewsbury and Wem.

The driver of the car was confirmed dead at the scene.

Two women, one in her 20s who was a passenger in the car, and the other, the driver of the ambulance, were seriously injured.

Pelvic injuries

The woman in her 20s was airlifted to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire with serious head and chest injuries, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

The ambulance driver had head, pelvis and leg injuries and was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Another two women, a patient in the back of the ambulance and a paramedic, were taken to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital but are not thought to be seriously injured, police said.

A West Mercia Police spokesperson said: "A full investigation is being carried out to establish the circumstances leading up to this tragedy.

"We are appealing for witnesses to come forward if they saw either the collision or the vehicles involved being driven immediately beforehand."

The A49 was closed in both directions between the B5063 junction in Preston Brockhurst and Battlefield Roundabout in Shrewsbury for several hours.

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