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Car and tram collide on A41 Bilston Road in Wolverhampton

By Dayna Farrington | Wolverhampton | News | Published: | Last Updated:

A West Midlands Metro tram and a car collided on a busy road in Wolverhampton.

The aftermath of the crash on Bilston Road in Wolverhampton

The crash happened on the A41 Bilston Road near the turning for Dunelm and B&M Home Store car parks on Tuesday evening.

Parmender Kumar, aged 47, of Bilston, was behind the wheel of the car and said he stalled on the tram lines in his Dacia as he was turning out of the Dunelm car park at around 7pm.

He said: “My car stalled in the middle of the road and the tram didn’t stop.

The car is pushed away from the tram
Metro workers examine the damage to the tram

“I was shocked it didn’t stop, I had two children in the back of the car, a five-year -old and an eight-year-old and my wife in the front. I suffered some whiplash and my wife hurt her arm.”

One witness, who said he was waiting to turn into the Dunelm car park, said the crash happened right in front of him as the car turned out of the car park.

He said: “The tram was travelling down the road, heading towards Wolverhampton city centre and it hit the front of his vehicle.

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The damaged front-end of the tram

“The tram was probably about half full – there was about 20 people on it.

"The tram looked quite bad, the ambulance and police were there. All the passengers walked off the tram. I don’t think anyone was seriously injured.”

As a result of the crash, trams did not continue into the city centre and only ran up to the nearby Priestfield stop until shortly after 8pm.

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The crash scene in the middle of Bilston Road

West Midlands Police, West Midlands Ambulance Service and British Transport Police were called to the scene.

A spokesman for British Transport Police said they were called to the scene at around 7.20pm on the request of West Midlands Police.

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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