Six people have died after an early-morning multi-vehicle smash in Birmingham city centre.
A seventh person remains critically ill following the horrific smash close to an underpass on Lee Bank Middleway – at the junction of Bristol Road.
The crash happened shortly after 1.00am, with five ambulances, three paramedic officers, a Hazardous Area Response Team, trauma doctor and air ambulance critical car all scrambled to the scene.
Police have warned the usually busy city centre route is likely to remain closed all day as officers investigate the ‘extensive and distressing’ crash scene.
The smash involved six vehicles – including a black cab.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “There were six vehicles involved in the crash scene, which was extensive.
Scene of crash in Lee Bank Middleway where six people died – investigations taking place
“In the first car there were a man and a woman. The vehicle had suffered very extensive damage but astonishingly, despite the damage, the pair had managed to get out and had suffered relatively minor injuries. They were taken to Heartlands Hospital by ambulance for further assessment.
“The second vehicle, a ‘black cab’ was on its side. Sadly, there was nothing that could be done to save the driver and he was confirmed dead at the scene. The man and woman in the back were rapidly extricated. Unfortunately, it was not possible to save the woman and she was also confirmed dead at the scene. The man was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the MERIT trauma doctor travelling with the crew. Sadly, he died at hospital.
“There were four men from the third car. All had been ejected. Tragically, three of them were confirmed dead at the scene. The fourth was also taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the Critical Care Car doctor travelling with the crew. He was said to be in a critical condition on arrival.
“There were three further cars involved in the crash which had tried to avoid the crash scene.
“Ambulance staff did not see anyone from the first vehicle.
“A man and a woman from the second vehicle suffered minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment.
“This was an extremely complex and distressing crash scene that required excellent multi-agency teamwork.
“The ambulance service has already debriefed all of the staff involved and will be providing on-going support as required due to the nature of the incident.”