AN ELDERLY man and woman are in critical conditional in hospital after a three-car collision on the M5 motorway.
The incident happened about 4.50pm on Tuesday (February 17) on the northbound carriageway between Junction 6 (Worcester North) and Junction 5 (Droitwich).
The elderly couple were in a West Midlands Ambulance Service, passenger transport (PTS) vehicle during the accident and were given emergency treatment at the scene, along with the driver who suffered neck injuries.
They were all taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital but the driver has since been discharged.
Two fire crews from Droitwich and one from Worcester were sent to the collision and four people had to be cut free from vehicles, including one of the patients from the ambulance.
Five ambulances, three rapid response vehicles and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended, three others involved in the accident were taken to Alexandra Hospital in Redditch with minor injuries.
Sergeant Gavin Green, from the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG), said: “This is a tragedy for all concerned.
“Our thoughts remain with the man and woman’s family and friends who are being supported by specialist Police officers at this time.
“We need the public’s assistance to help us piece together what happened to provide the family with answers to their questions. I am are keen to hear from witnesses that may have seen the lead up to incident.
“ I would also like to thank the public for their understanding and patience whilst we conducted an investigation at the scene.”
An investigation has been launched by CMPG into the crash.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The Trust will co-operate fully with the police investigation into the circumstances of the crash to find out exactly what happened.”
The carriageway was closed for three hours and police have since thanked people for their patience while the situation was sorted out. The diversion route caused congestion around Droitwich for its duration.
Anyone with information which may help Sgt Green’s investigation is urged to call the Central Motorway Police Group on 0121 626 1285.