Motorist remains critical after head-on A53 Baldwins Gate crash
A DRIVER was last night fighting for life following a head on collision along a busy main road.
The man, aged 53, suffered serious head injuries after being involved in the early morning crash on the A53 in Baldwins Gate yesterday.
The victim, who has not been named, was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, where his condition was described as 'critical'.
The crash, involving a blue Volkswagen Touareg and a blue Peugeot 206, happened just before 7.30am.
It involved two male drivers from Newcastle near the A53's junction with Hollybush Lane.
The injured driver had to be cut out of his Peugeot by firefighters.
Meanwhile, the driver of the Volkswagen – also aged 53 – was badly shaken but uninjured.
An air ambulance was called to transport the unconscious man to hospital, but he was eventually taken by land ambulance.
Ian Revans, from the collision investigation unit of Staffordshire Police said: "We believe the Peugeot was travelling towards Baldwins Gate and the VW was going towards Blackbrook when there was a head on collision between the two vehicles.
"The VW driver suffered no injuries and was treated by paramedics at the scene.
"We are appealing for any witnesses to come forward as we understand some did stop at the time.
"An investigation has now started into the circumstances of the crash."
The cars collided just after a sharp bend along what residents say can be a dangerous road.
Phil Lally lives nearby, at Redhills Farm in Baldwins Gate.
The building company manager told how his wife was woken by the crash.
He said: "I got out there before the emergency vehicles and a nurse was on the scene who happened to be behind the car.
"We were quite close to the accident in our back bedroom.
"Once the emergency services were called the air ambulance landed opposite our house.
"There wasn't much left of the Peugeot roof before it was taken off so I just hope the guy makes a recovery.
"This road used to be quite a dangerous road but it was resurfaced around five years ago, which has made a big difference."
An employee at Baldwins Gate Farm on the A53 added: "We found out that there had been a crash because the road was blocked off at the end of our drive.
"We saw the air ambulance come and land in one of our fields and then there were police and ambulance crews.
"It looked as though it was serious."
Part of the road was closed to let a crash investigation team carry out work, while highways workers came to repair part of the kerb that had been damaged.
Diversions were put in place for traffic on the A51 and A519 and it reopened at around 12.50pm.
A spokesman for Staffordshire police said: "The driver of the Peugeot remains in hospital in a critical condition and specially trained officers are supporting his family."
Witnesses should call police on 101.