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Birmingham crash: Six dead in six-vehicle smash

Six people have been killed in a "horrific" multiple-vehicle crash.

The accident happened on Belgrave Middleway in Birmingham at about 01:00 GMT and involved six vehicles.

The driver of a black cab died at the scene near Edgbaston, along with a female passenger, while a male passenger died later in hospital.

Four men in a car were all thrown from their vehicle and three of them died at the crash site. The fourth is in a critical condition.

West Midlands Police described the scene as "very difficult and upsetting" and the stretch of road from Islington Row to Bristol Street was closed.

West Midlands Fire Service sent 40 firefighters to the crash site, which Midlands Ambulance Service described as "extensive".

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Police, @WestMidsFire & @OFFICIALWMAS are responding to a very serious crash on Lee Bank Middleway in Edgbaston, Birmingham near to the tunnel which goes beneath Bristol Street. Call received at 1.11am Sun 17/12. Avoid area. Road will be closed for a very long time.

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"In the first car, there were a man and a woman," a spokesman for the ambulance service said.

"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.

"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.

"The man and woman in the back were rapidly extricated. Unfortunately, it was not possible to save the woman and she was also confirmed dead at the scene."

The male passenger was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham but he too died.

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All first responders at the scene are doing their very best in very difficult and upsetting circumstances. This is a very serious incident. If you saw the crash happen or the circumstances leading up to it, please call us now on 101.

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Of the four men thrown from the third car, the spokesman said: "Tragically, three of them were confirmed dead at the scene."

The fourth was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and said to be in a critical condition on arrival, he said.

There were three other cars involved which all had tried to avoid the crash, the spokesman added.

The accident happened below the underpass on the A38/Bristol Road, where Belgrave Middleway meets Lee Bank Middleway.

One resident who lives opposite said she woke at about 02:00 and saw the emergency crews.

"This road is really dangerous. Young kids like to challenge themselves and go really fast," she said.

"I can't believe six people have died, and so close to Christmas and New Year. It's shocking."

Area Commander Jason Campbell, of West Midlands Fire Service, described it as an "horrific" incident.

He said the crash scene was complex and "spread over some distance".

"Our firefighters' actions involved stabilising vehicles, releasing the dead and injured, as well as administering CPR and first aid."

Any witnesses to the crash have been asked to contact West Midlands Police.

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