UPDATE: Man dies after car hits tree near Rugby

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A man has died and a woman was trapped for more than an hour after a car hit a tree on the Leicester Road near Junction 1 of the M6 Northbound near Rugby this morning (Wednesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A426 Leicester Road shortly after 11.45am and sent an ambulance, two community paramedics in rapid response vehicles, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Staffordshire and Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered two patients following a collision between a car and a tree.

“Unfortunately it quickly became evident that nothing could be done to save the driver of the car, a man, and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The second patient, a woman who was a front seat passenger, was still inside the car and due to how it had come to rest near to the tree, it took over an hour to cut her free.

“Crews worked closely with the fire service to continually assess the patient whilst freeing her.

“She was given pain relief, immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board and treated for a leg injury before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance.”

Roads at Junction 1 of the M6 and Gibbet Island were closed but have since reopened,