Man dies after crash near Birmingham Selfridges store

A man has died after a crash near the Selfridges store in Birmingham.

West Midlands Police said a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at the junction of Park Street and Bordesley Street, in the city centre, at about 11am on Monday.

In a statement, the force added: “The man’s next of kin are now being identified.

Traffic accident in Birmingham
The van’s grille, bonnet and windscreen appeared damaged (Jacob King/PA)

“A driver who stopped at the scene is assisting with inquiries.”

Motorists have been asked to avoid the Moor Street area if possible, with the road likely to be closed for some hours as accident investigations continue.

An the scene, a white Mercedes Sprinter-type van was stopped in the road under the railway bridge which carries the line from nearby Moor Street station.

The passenger side door was wide open, and the vehicle appeared to have a dent in the bonnet, along with a shattered windscreen.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover the pedestrian, a man, in a critical condition.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The driver of the vehicle, a man, was assessed at the scene and taken to City Hospital.”

Traffic accident in Birmingham
The accident happened under a railway bridge near the Selfridges store, by the entrance to one of the Bullring centre’s main car parks (Jacob King/PA)

David Thompson, 40, from Birmingham, witnessed desperate attempts to revive the injured man at the scene.

He said: “There was a guy lying in the road, and medics were doing resuscitation on him.

“Then the ambulance guys put a blanket over him, so I assumed that was it.”

He added: “There’s a few homeless people underneath that bridge.

“Nobody wants anything like that to happen, especially the week before Christmas.”

The area is busy with shoppers at this time of year, and the accident happened right outside the entrance to one of the Bullring shopping centre’s main car parks, opposite the Selfridges department store.

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