A DRIVER had to be freed from his vehicle by firefighters after a crash closed one of the main roads into Worcester city centre.

The collision involving a blue Peugeot car and a white van in London Road resulted in traffic building up on the busy route with many seen to be turning around to find an alternative way.

There were no injuries reported with the road closed for less than an hour after the incident near the junction with Battenhall Road and Victoria Place which happened at around 11.30am on Wednesday, December 6.

A Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "Two crews from Worcester Fire Station were called at 11.43am to an RTC (road traffic collision) on London Road, Worcester, where a van was in collision with a car.

"A male casualty, who was trapped in his car, was extricated by fire service personnel and handed over to the care of the ambulance service who attended along with police.

"The vehicles were made safe before the incident was marked as pending closure at 12.23pm."

The car driver was checked over but he did not require treatment, according to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

An ambulance service spokesperson continued: "We were called to reports of an RTC at the junction of London Road and Battenhall Place in Worcester at around 11.30am.

"An ambulance was sent to the scene where, on arrival, crews discovered a van and a car had been involved in a collision.

"There was one patient requiring assessment, the male driver of the car, but he was not injured and so was given self-care advice and discharged at the scene."

A West Mercia Police spokesperson said: "We received a call at around 11.30am with a report of a collision on London Road in Worcester."

They added at the time: "Officers are still at the incident involving two vehicles. No injuries to report, just damage to vehicles."

London Road is a busy route connecting the south-east of the city and beyond with the centre and often sees a heavy build-up of traffic at peak times of the day.