Horror crash kills passenger in his 60s after his Mazda collides with a Mercedes in Birmingham

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  • Mangled wreckage of an overturned Mazda, with a Mercedes around 50m further away in parkland, on the other side of the seven-lane A-road in Yardley
  • The driver of the Mercedes has also been taken into hospital following the crash
  • Emergency services were called to the A45 Coventry Road at 6.45pm on Friday
  • An eyewitness said the Birmingham road is ‘like a race track at the best of times’

A man in his 60s has died and a woman is seriously injured after a horror crash which ‘sent the car airborne’ on one of Birmingham’s busiest roads.

Emergency services were called to a mangled wreckage of an overturned red Mazda at the seven-lane A45 Coventry Road in south Yardley, Birmingham, at 6.45pm on Friday.

Dramatic pictures also show a silver Mercedes around 50m away in Pocket Park, on the other side of the A-road in the west Midlands city. The two cars collided near the junction of Kings Road.

The victim, a man in his 60s who was a passenger in the red Mazda, died at the scene. His wife, who is believed to have been the driver, is understood to be seriously injured but stable.

The driver of the Mercedes was also taken to hospital.

A shop worker described the scene as ‘absolute carnage’ and said the Mazda was ‘sent airborne’. He said: ‘I’ve never seen anything like it. How anyone could get out of the red car is beyond me.

‘This road is like a race track at the best of times. It’s just so sad. ‘

A man has died and a woman is fighting for life after a horror crash just before 7pm on Friday which ‘sent the car airborne’ on one of Birmingham’s busiest roads, seven-lane A45 Coventry Road in Yardley, Birmingham (pictured, the overturned red Mazda after the incident)

Emergency services were called to a mangled wreckage of an overturned red Mazda and a silver Mercedes around 50m away around 50m further away in Pocket Park (pictured), on the other side of the A-road in the west Midlands city

Emergency services were called to a mangled wreckage of an overturned red Mazda and a silver Mercedes around 50m away around 50m further away in Pocket Park (pictured), on the other side of the A-road in the west Midlands city

An eyewitness said they were left shaken by the ‘horrendous’ smash. They said: ‘I’ve lived here 10 years and that’s the worst incident I’ve ever seen. It’s shaken me up.

‘My son saw one car land on its roof. The other car was in Pocket Park, which is a little walk-through, a patch of grass.

‘I called the emergency services myself. There were three fire engines, three ambulances, two fast response cars and around a dozen police cars blocking the road. They were working very hard. There was a buzz of people. ‘

West Midlands Police described the crash as ‘very serious’ and told locals last night: ‘Our priorities are caring for the people involved and identifying their loved ones.’

A shop worker described the scene (pictured, the silver Mercedes in Pocket Park) as 'absolute carnage' and said the Mazda was 'sent airborne'.  He said: 'I've never seen anything like it.  How anyone could get out of the red car is beyond me '

A shop worker described the scene (pictured, the silver Mercedes in Pocket Park) as ‘absolute carnage’ and said the Mazda was ‘sent airborne’. He said: ‘I’ve never seen anything like it. How anyone could get out of the red car is beyond me ‘

West Midlands Police described the crash as 'very serious' and told locals last night: 'Our priorities are caring for the people involved and identifying their loved ones'

West Midlands Police described the crash as ‘very serious’ and told locals last night: ‘Our priorities are caring for the people involved and identifying their loved ones’

The road was set to remain closed on Saturday morning with forensics combing for clues and detectives are trying to retrieve footage of the fatal crash

The road was set to remain closed on Saturday morning with forensics combing for clues and detectives are trying to retrieve footage of the fatal crash

The road was set to remain closed on Saturday morning with forensics combing for clues.

Detectives were also trying to retrieve footage of the fatal crash.

DS Chris Ridge from West Midlands Police said: ‘Our investigations into this collision are still in the early stages, and we are working to identify exactly what happened in the moments leading to the tragic death of this man.

‘His family are being supported by specialist officers as they come to terms with this terrible news.

‘We also want to thank everyone for their patience as the road was closed for sometime overnight. They have all since re-opened.

‘We are urging anyone with information, who witnessed the crash or who saw either the white Mercedes or red Mazda in the moments beforehand. If you have dash cam or CCTV footage, we also urge you to contact us. ‘

Coventry Road reopened shortly after 10am this morning.

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