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Councillor demands answers after Stourbridge three car crash
10:07am Friday 25th January 2013 in News
A WOLLESCOTE councillor is demanding an urgent investigation after a woman was seriously hurt in a three car crash.
Running water on Birmingham Street which becomes "lethal" sheet ice in freezing weather is being blamed for the smash, which happened at 8.25am on Tuesday January 22 and brought rush hour Stourbridge traffic to a standstill.
Witnesses said the road becomes a skating rink in sub zero temperatures and collisions are commonplace.
Paul Cockin, who drives a number nine bus, said: “It’s lethal, there’s always accidents here because the water going over the road freezes. It’s been like it for about two years and no-one ever does anything about it.”
Lye and Wollescote ward councillor Mohammed Hanif belives public safety is at risk during the big freeze.
Cllr Hanif said: "I was quite shocked, water is seeping thorough a bank and running onto the road. I am going to get this put right, we need to make this area safe - it is a serious situation."
Witnesses said a VW Passat estate and Range Rover had been in collision and the drivers were exchanging details when a Nissan Micra slid on ice, hit the Range Rover and shunted it forward crushing a woman between the two cars.
Adam Taylor, aged 23, was driving behind the red Micra and called emergency services.
He said: “I slammed my brakes on and could feel the back end sliding so I drove into the kerb. The state of the road is awful. It’s more ice than tarmac."
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A woman in her forties was treated for serious leg and pelvic injuries.
“The patient was immobilised with the use of a neck collar, splints and placed on a spinal board. She was given pain relief before being airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham."
A man was also taken to Russells Hall hospital for treatment to a leg injury.
Dudley Council say the only leak they are aware of was reported to Severn Trent Water on December 21 and it was traced to the disused Stepping Stones Pub and isolated.
Councillor Judy Foster, cabinet member for transportation, said: "We have however asked Severn Trent to inspect the site again to ascertain if there is a further leak.
"In the meantime the council have put sand bags out to help protect the road. Birmingham Street itself is on a main gritting route and as with all main roads it has been gritted several times a day over this prolonged cold spell."
Click on the link below for a video news report of the crash