A MOTORIST is in a “serious condition” after a crash in Hallow.

The male driver is believed to have had a heart attack at the wheel as he came onto the A443 from the Moseley Road junction.

He was then airlifted to hospital while the road remained closed for over an hour-and-a-half.

According to people at the scene, the passenger took hold of the wheel and steered it into the hedge to avoid hitting people waiting at a bus stop opposite.

Scene of hedge crash on A443 Hallow after patient had been taken to hospital

A police collision officer said he “came out of the junction and steered straight into the hedge” just missing the bus stop at around 11am on Tuesday (July 3).

The officer said the man was driving with his wife in the car and had had a “medical episode”.

He confirmed it was “just the driver of the vehicle” who was treated by ambulance crews.

“We’re just waiting for the recovery and they can take the car away,” he continued.

The patient and ambulance staff had left the scene by around midday.

The car involved was a silver Mitsubishi Lancer, which was still in the hedge at 12.30pm while police prepared to re-open the road.

The A443 had been closed from the Moseley Road junction down past Hallow Primary School to the Shoulton Lane junction, following the accident.

Patricia Williams, 56, speaking at the scene, said the air ambulance landed in the field behind the crash, opposite the Post Office.

Ms Williams said she had heard the driver had suffered a heart attack or a stroke and his wife had not been injured.

“I just hope they’re okay, that’s the main thing,” she added.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance said crews were called just before 11am after reports that a “car had left the road and collided with a bush”.