Image from West Midlands Ambulance Service

Longbridge Lane was closed between Redditch Road and Grovelley Lane earlier today following a collision, the fourth significant accident on the stretch in five months.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said that an ambulance and officer attended when a car collided with a tree at 3.26pm. A woman in her 30s was treated at the scene before being transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The woman suffered a head injury but was stable on transfer.

A source claiming to know the woman said that she had a left a message on Facebook this evening to let friends and family know she was fine.

Local residents have previously highlighted that there appears to be a rise in the number of accidents happening on the stretch of Longbridge Lane between Cofton Road/Groveley Lane and Alvechurch Road. Today’s accident is the fourth significant incident since April.

On 11th June the road was closed following a serious accident involving two cars. On that occassion, a 24-year-old man was taken to hospital after sustaining potential life threatening injuries. A 35-year-old woman was treated at hospital for bruising and three other passengers from her vehicle, including two children aged under 10, were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The road was also closed for several hours during the evening of May 4th following an accident and a few weeks prior to that a car ploughed through the hedgerow into the adjacent field.

Following the accident in June, Northfield councillor Brett O’Reilly said: “I was extremely saddened by the incident on Longbridge Lane and my thoughts are with the victims and their families. We can only hope that they all make a full recovery from this terrible incident. By all accounts, the emergency services acted quickly and I think I can speak for the community in thanking them for their dedicated service.

“This stretch of road has been highlighted by residents recently and it is an issue that I will be looking into personally, to see what can be done to try to make the road safer for all.”

Tonight, Cllr O’Reilly has informed us that, following the June accident, he raised the issue with the relevant officers at Birmingham City Council and that he is awaiting their feedback. 

We will keep you informed of any other developments.


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