TWO people trapped after a crash on the M50 in Herefordshire had to be freed by firefighters before being taken to hospital, emergency services have said.

The two-car crash, between junction 3 for Newent and junction 2 for Ledbury, left the M50 closed into the night as West Mercia Police carried out investigation work, Highways England said.

A Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said a call from Ross-on-Wye fire station was called to assist colleagues from Gloucestershire at 6.10pm on Wednesday (January 5).


Two people were trapped in the two-car crash, they said, and both were released before being handed over to paramedics.

A spokesperson for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust said: “We received a call at 5.10pm on Wednesday, January 5 to a two-vehicle RTC on the M50 at Junction 2.

"We sent three land ambulances and an operating officer, and conveyed two people to Gloucester Royal Hospital.”


Highways England said on Wednesday evening that although the crash happened in the afternoon, the M50 was closed eastbound later that evening for police to carry out investigation work into the "serious injury collision".

The road was expected to reopen by 2am.