A DRIVER who suffered serious injuries in a crash which killed a second driver remains in hospital and has been 'de-arrested' as investigations continue.

A man died and another was seriously injured in the crash on the B4211 Worcester Road at The Rhydd near Hanley Castle at 5.30am on Tuesday, January 23.

We previously reported how the driver who survived the crash was arrested in hospital on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and was in hospital with serious injuries.

A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said on Thursday: "The man remains in hospital and currently de-arrested."

A white Mercedes C220 and a white Ford Mondeo collided on the B4211 Worcester Road opposite Rhydd Gardens, near Hanley Castle.

The driver of the Mondeo, a 37-year-old man, died of his injuries. The driver of the Mercedes was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham with injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.

A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said: "We’d like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed the collision or have dash-cam footage of it, or of either of the vehicles driving in the minutes before the collision."

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 5.35am to Worcester Road in Hanley Castle and sent an ambulance, paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

The crash happened on the B4424 between Clevelode and Hanley Castle, near Malvern with the road closed in both directions after the incident. 

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman says: “On arrival, crews found two patients.

“The driver of the first car, a man, was in a critical condition and ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support.

“Sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, he could not be saved and was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The driver of the second car, also a man, was removed from the vehicle with the assistance of fire colleagues before being treated by medics for serious injuries.

“He was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further treatment.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Danny Somner on 01905 973063 or sciusouth@westmercia.police.uk quoting incident number 51 of 23 January.