Six people have been killed in a multiple-vehicle crash in Birmingham.
A seventh person was critically injured in the incident on Belgrave Middleway near Edgbaston at about 01:00 GMT.
West Midlands Police tweeted the scene was “very difficult and upsetting” and that the stretch of road from Islington Row to Bristol Street was closed.
They said first responders were “doing their very best”. West Midlands Ambulance Service described the crash scene as “extensive”.
Six vehicles were involved, including a black cab, a spokesman for the service said.
“In the first car, there were a man and a woman.
“The vehicle had suffered very extensive damage but astonishingly, despite the damage, the pair had managed to get out and had suffered relatively minor injuries,” he said.
“The second vehicle, a ‘black cab’, was on its side. Sadly, there was nothing that could be done to save the driver and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”
He said the two passengers – a man and a woman – also both died.
“Unfortunately, it was not possible to save the woman and she was also confirmed dead at the scene,” he said.
He added: “The man was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the MERIT trauma doctor travelling with the crew.
“Sadly, he died at hospital.”
Four men in a third car were all thrown from the vehicle in the crash, the spokesman said.
“Tragically, three of them were confirmed dead at the scene,” he said.
“The fourth was also taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the Critical Care Car doctor travelling with the crew.
“He was said to be in a critical condition on arrival.”
There were three other cars involved which all tried to avoid the crash, the spokesman added.
Any witnesses to the crash have been asked to contact West Midlands Police.
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