A MAN was taken to hospital with serious injuries after a late night road smash in Netherton last night (Wednesday April 28).

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the MERIT trauma team to the scene on Withymoor Road after being alerted at 11.14pm after a car was in collision with a van.

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A spokesman for the ambulance service said: "On arrival, crews found three patients, two of whom were treated for minor injuries and discharged at the scene.

"The third patient, a man, was treated for serious injuries and taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on blue lights and sirens with the MERIT team travelling on board.”

The most seriously injured man is believed to have been the driver of the car.

Police said on Twitter that he suffered multiple fractures in the incident which left the car a mangled wreck.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said an investigation has been launched and added: "The driver of the car, who is suspected of drink-driving, was taken to hospital to be treated for a broken leg and shoulder and a head injury.

"His injuries are not deemed life changing or life threatening.

"The driver of the van suffered minor injuries.

"Our investigation is ongoing and anyone with information can contact us via live chat on our website or by calling 101. Please quote log number 4729 of 29/04."