Several people killed in six-vehicle crash in Britain

A taxi driver and two passengers were among those who died

Several people killed in six-vehicle crash in Britain

The scene of a multi-vehicle crash at the entrance to the underpass on Lee Bank Middleway, near Edgbaston in Birmingham | Image: Aaron Chown/PA Wire/PA Images

Six people have been killed and another critically injured following a crash in Britain.

The collision, which involved six-vehicles, happened shortly after 1.00am at the entrance to an underpass on Lee Bank Middleway near Edgbaston in Birmingham.

West Midlands Police have warned the road is likely to remain closed "for a very long time", with detectives describing the circumstances of the "serious collision" as "very difficult and upsetting".

Three men died after being thrown out of their car, while a black cab driver and his two passengers also died. Three other cars collided as they tried to avoid the initial collision.

Police are investigating what caused the crash.

West Midlands Ambulance Service, which dispatched five ambulances and three paramedics, described the scene as "extensive and extremely complex".

A spokesman said a man and woman in the first car "astonishingly" escaped with "relatively minor injuries" and were taken to Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham.

The second vehicle, the black cab, was discovered on its side, with the spokesman saying "there was nothing that could be done to save the driver", who was confirmed dead at the scene.

Two passengers in the back, a man and a woman, were quickly removed by the emergency services.

"Unfortunately, it was not possible to save the woman and she was also confirmed dead at the scene," the spokesman went on to say.

"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."

In the third car involved in the crash there were four men, three of whom were confirmed dead at the scene.

The other man has been taken to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham in a critical condition.

Of those travelling in the three other cars, a man and a woman received treatment for minor injuries, another man was discharged after being assessed by paramedics and another said he did not need any assistance.

West Midlands Fire Service said 40 firefighters were sent to the scene in the wake of the "horrific" crash.