A WOMAN is in a 'critical condition' in hospital after a serious road collision in Oldbury that saw bystanders race to free a toddler from one of the cars involved.

The two-car collision - in which one of the vehicles overturned - happened on the Wolverhampton Road just before 2pm on Wednesday afternoon (May 8).

An 18-month-old girl - whose injuries are not believed to be life-threatening - and a woman from the other vehicle, who suffered 'serious' injuries, were also treated by ambulance staff at the scene and then taken to hospital.

Bystanders helped free the toddler from the car before emergency services personnel arrived to free the trapped women.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Wolverhampton Road in Oldbury at 1.47pm and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car, a BASICS doctor and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

“Crews arrived to find two cars that had suffered significant damage in the collision.

“From the first car, a woman had to be cut free with the help of the fire service. She was treated for very serious injuries by ambulance staff before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital by land ambulance in a critical condition. A doctor travelled on the back of the ambulance to continue treatment on route.

“A female toddler had been freed from the car by bystanders prior to the arrival of ambulance resources. She was assessed and treated for injuries not believed to be life-threatening before being taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital by land ambulance.

“The fire service had to cut a second woman free from the other car involved in the incident, which had overturned.

“She received treatment for potentially serious injuries before also being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital by land ambulance. Again, a doctor travelled with her on her journey to help continue treatment.”

West Midlands Fire Service sent crews from Oldbury and Smethwick to the scene.

A West Midlands Fire Service spokesperson said: "One woman was in an Audi, while another woman and an 18-month-old girl were in a Kia.

"Firefighters rescued the baby and freed the two women using cutting equipment."

The busy road has been closed in both directions after the incident, which occurred near the junction with Brandhall Road.

This is a breaking story and we will update it as soon as we have more information.