A442 crash: Passenger and wife die after car hits tree

A husband and wife have died after the car they were in hit a tree.

The crash on the A442, near the village of Alveley near Bridgnorth, Shropshire happened at about 17:10 BST on Sunday.

The male passenger of the 4x4 vehicle, aged 70, was confirmed dead at the scene, West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) said.

His 70-year-old wife, the driver, was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with multiple injuries but died on Monday.

Anaesthetised at scene

A WMAS spokesman said: "The passenger in the car, a man, was in cardiac arrest and the driver, a woman, was unconscious.

"Ambulance crews immediately started emergency treatment, but unfortunately, despite the best efforts of medics, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene."

The couple are not thought to be local to Shropshire, West Mercia Police said.

A force spokesperson said the Toyota RAV4 was travelling north when it "veered across the road and struck a large tree".

No other vehicle is thought to have been involved. Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Post-mortem examinations are expected to be carried out on Wednesday and formal identification is likely to be made on Thursday, police said.

The Shropshire coroner has been informed and an inquest will be opened on Friday or early next week.

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