Lorry crashes into Leasowes care centre in Smethwick

Firefighters attend to lorry tractor unit Emergency services were called to the Leasowes Intermediate Care Centre in Smethwick

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Twelve patients at a care centre in the Black Country were evacuated after a lorry tractor unit crashed into it.

Emergency services were called to the Leasowes Intermediate Care Centre in Smethwick at 07:20 GMT on Monday.

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust said it took the decision to evacuate the centre, which is used by people recovering after operations, as a "precautionary measure".

The trust's Halycon Birth Centre was also closed.

A statement said: "Fortunately nobody in our care was hurt and those involved in the road traffic accident suffered minor injury."

It said residents would be treated at Sandwell Hospital and added: "We will take some time this week to examine the building's safety before re-commencing use."

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