ROADS around Stratford were brought to a near standstill today (Friday) after emergency services attended two separate crashes.
The whole stretch of the A46 had to be closed both ways following the accidents, which caused tailbacks on roads leading in and out of the town centre.
The first incident saw a man airlifted to hospital after a car and a van collided on the stretch between the Alcester Road island and Bishopton island.
Emergency services were called to the scene just before 7.30am.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews responded to a road traffic collision involving a car and van.
“A man in his forties was trapped in his car for two hours before he was released by emergency services.
“He was treated for serious foot, leg, pelvic and arm fractures. The patient was given pain relief and immobilised with the use of splints, neck collar and orthopaedic stretcher before being airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
“Two male patients in their twenties and travelling in the van were assessed at the scene and later released without further hospital treatment.”
The second crash happened just over half an hour later – at around 8.10am – on the A46 in Snitterfield.
Involving two vehicles – one of which was a police armed response car – it saw two officers trapped in the car.
They were freed shortly afterwards and taken to hospital.
The driver of the other car suffered minor injuries and was also taken to hospital as a precaution.
Several of the surrounding roads were closed as a result of the crashes.
Anyone with information is asked to call Warwickshire Police on 101 quoting incident 43 of March 6.