EMERGENCY services are attending the scene of a fatal road collision in Coventry.
Traffic is blocked at the Coundon rail crossing on Barkers Butts Lane as police investigate the collision.
It is believed a motorcyclist was killed in the collision, shortly after 6.30am this morning (August 6).
West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an air ambulance but were unable to save the victim’s life.
A spokeswoman for WMAS said: “A motorcyclist has died and a woman is seriously injured after a crash in Coventry this morning.
“West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 6:38am (Thursday) to reports of a road traffic collision involving a motorcycle on Barkers Butts Lane near the level crossing. Four ambulances, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car with a doctor on board and a paramedic officer attended the scene.
“When crews arrived, they found a man, who was the motorcyclist, in a critical condition with bystander CPR already in progress.
“Staff continued in administering basic life support on scene, but sadly, despite the best efforts nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.
“The woman, who is believed to have been the pillion passenger on the bike, was treated on scene for serious injuries before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on blue lights and sirens for further treatment. The critical care paramedic and doctor from the Critical Care Car continued treatment on route.”
Police investigation opened
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “We are investigating after a motorcyclist died when his bike came off the road at about 6.30am this morning (Thursday 6 August) on Coundon Road at the junction with Barkers Butts Lane in Coventry.
“It is understood that the 23-year-old man was riding with a woman pillion passenger when the bike lost control and came off the road. The motorbike also hit a parked car and a lamppost.
“Despite the efforts of passers-by and emergency crews, the rider was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The woman was also seriously injured and is in a critical condition in hospital.
“Roads have been cordoned off in the area as a forensic examination of the scene continues and they are likely to remain closed for some hours.”
Det Sgt Alan Hands from the Serious Collision Unit, said: “A young man has lost his life and a woman is critically injured in hospital and our thoughts are with their families.
“Our investigations are at a very early stage but we do not believe any other vehicle was involved.
“We are working to establish exactly what happened here and we would urge any witnesses we have not already spoken to come forward and for anyone with any dashcam footage from the area to get in touch with us via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk, or call 101, quoting log 527 of 6 August.”