A MAN from Dudley has died after a van crashed into a tree in Shropshire.

The crash happened on the A41 near Hinstock, Shropshire at around 7:45am.

The driver, aged 20, was confirmed dead at the scene.

A man, was also cut free from the van and airlifted to Royal Stoke Hospital in a critical condition.

The road was closed while officers, West Midlands Ambulance and Shropshire Fire and Rescue attended.

An ambulance, paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a van which had left the road and collided with a tree. It quickly became apparent to crews that nothing could be done to save the driver, a man, and he was sadly confirmed deceased on scene.

“The second occupant, a man, was in a critical condition. Ambulance staff worked quickly with the fire service to extricate him from the vehicle before administering advanced trauma care on scene. Once stabilised the patient was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency care.”

Anyone with any information is asked to visit https://orlo.uk/M3OoC quoting reference 100 of 18 November.