A DOG walker was rushed to a hospital trauma centre after being hit by a car.

The man, who is in his 60s, suffered serious head injuries in the crash, near the Texaco garage, in Bath Road, Worcester, on Friday night.

Paramedics said the middle-aged man was taken to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service added that there were three people in the Volkswagen Polo which hit the man.

The front of the car was damaged in the crash.

The vehicle remained at the scene and those inside were shaken but not hurt, according to the ambulance service.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a trauma doctor and a critical care paramedic were sent to the incident, after the ambulance service received a report about it at 7.50pm.

The doctor stayed with the patient in the ambulance.

West Mercia Police said officers found a dog near the site of the crash and had reunited it with its owner.

Lynn Denham, a city councillor for the area, said: "It's really sad to hear. I hope that he makes a full recovery.

"I think it's a warning that Worcester city is not as pedestrian friendly as it could be and perhaps drivers need to be fully alert at all times that there are people walking, and that crossing roads can be quite difficult."

The councillor said there is a problem with safety on the road, particularly at the junction between Commandery Road - which connects with Bath Road - and Sidbury.

She added: "There's a long-standing concern about the traffic lights around Sidbury, there's one part where there's no safe pedestrian crossing.

"It's an extremely hazardous crossing."

She added that pedestrians are also at risk at the junction between Bath Road and Diglis Road, outside The Albion pub.

Cllr Denham said: "It's a wide road. It's a relatively long distance to walk. Cars can be coming at speed from all directions.

"There are no lights there."

The councillor added that the junction is also dangerous for drivers.

She said: "If you want to go into Mill Street, which crosses the canal, from Bath Road you have to cross traffic on Bath Road and Diglis Road."

Bath Road was closed until around 1am, following the crash.

Anyone with information about the incident can ring police on 101, quoting incident number 591s of January 18.