Five injured after car overturns in horror crash with city centre tram

Chris Parsons
News Editor
Five people were treated at the scene of a collision between a car and a tram this morning in Wolverhampton. (SWNS)

Five people were injured when a car overturned on a busy city centre ring road after being involved in a horror crash with a tram.

The collision in Wolverhampton on Monday left the mangled wreckage of a car next to the detailed tram during the morning rush hour.

Firefighters had to cut the roof off the car to free the female driver, who was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Four people from the tram, including the driver, were treated and discharged at the scene causing long delays in the area.

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent two ambulances, a senior paramedic and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car that had overturned following a collision with a tram.

The tram sustained substantial damage and was derailed following the collision. (SWNS)

“The driver of the car, a woman, was the only occupant of the vehicle and she had to be cut free through the roof with the help of the fire service.

“She was assessed by ambulance staff and treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to New Cross Hospital in a stable condition.

“There were 29 people on the tram, 25 of whom did not require treatment or assessment.

“The driver, a man, was treated for minor injuries and discharged at the scene.

“Two women, who were passengers, were treated for the effects of shock, whilst a man, also a passenger, was treated for non-serious injuries.

"Again, all three were discharged at the scene.

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“The collision has resulted in significant traffic delays in the area which are expected to last for most of the day whilst the vehicles are recovered.”

A spokesman for West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service added: “We were called at 8.21am to Bilston Street following reports of a collision between a car and tram.

“The tram has been derailed and the overhead lines have been switched off as the crews work at the scene. The car has also overturned following the collision.

“One woman, the driver, was trapped in the car. The tram driver and five patients are also being treated by crews from West Midlands Ambulance Service.”