A CYCLIST in his 50s was transferred to a major trauma centre in the early hours of this morning after a road crash in Upper Gornal yesterday evening (Tuesday).

The man was taken to the nearest A& E department at Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, after the incident involving a car and a bicycle which happened outside McDonald’s in Kent Street at about 6.15pm last night.

But after further assessment and treatment he was transferred by ambulance to the major trauma centre at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he arrived at 1.17am.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said the man was “in a critical condition with a potentially serious head injury as well as internal injuries” when crews arrived at the scene where they started treating him immediately.

The driver of the car involved in the incident refused treatment, the spokesman added.