A MAN died when a bus and van crashed in Rowley Regis.

The crash, which also injured several bus passengers, happened outside The Cock Inn on Dudley Road at around 5.05pm yesterday (Thursday).

Police said the 36-year-old van driver sustained serious injuries and despite the best efforts of medics, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

A number of people who were on the bus at the time of the crash suffered minor injuries.

Dudley Road was closed in both directions at the junction with Doulton Road and Springfield Lane, to allow for a police crash investigation.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from West Midland Police's serious collision investigation unit, said: “We’re currently trying to establish how this tragic incident has happened and anyone who was there, and hasn’t yet spoken to an officer, should get in touch as soon as possible.

“A family has lost a loved one and we owe it to them to establish the circumstances behind this collision.

"Our thoughts are with them at this time."

Anyone who saw what happened or may have dash cam footage is asked to get in touch with police via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk from 8am - midnight, or call 101 anytime, quoting 1831 of the 07/11/2019.