MOTORISTS are being urged to avoid the scene of a serious crash involving a transit van near Oswestry.

Oswestry Safer Neighbourhoods Team posted on Twitter that a driver was trapped on the A483/A5 between Whittington and Mile End this afternoon (Wednesday, January 9).

Firefighters and the ambulance service have also been deployed.

A witness near the crash has said that the West Midlands Air Ambulance was also at the scene.

Shropshire fire and Rescue Service sent three appliance -including the rescue render - from Ellesmere, Oswestry and Wellington. An Operations officer was in attendance.

A spokesman said there had been a collision between a transit van and the trailer of heavy goods vehicle.

"Crews gained access to casualty using holmatro cutting equipment," the spokesman added. 

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called at 11.57am to reports of a collision between a car and a stationary van on the A483, near to Mile End Island. One ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

"On arrival we discovered one patient, a man, who was the driver of the car. The man, who had to be cut free by the fire service was treated for multiple injuries, not believed to be life-threatening, before being transported to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital by land ambulance for further assessment."