POLICE have appealed for witnesses after two pensioners were injured in a two-vehicle crash on the Ross to Hereford A49 road.

A male driver was also arrested on suspicion of drug driving.

The accident involving a Ford Focus estate and a Ford Fusion hatchback happened around 9am on Monday, January 15, at Llandinabo between Much Birch and Harewood End and saw the road closed for eight hours.

A man in his 80s was airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol, while a woman also in her 80s was taken to Hereford County Hospital.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "On arrival, we discovered two patients.

"A man was found to have suffered serious injuries in the collision and received specialist trauma care at the scene before being airlifted to Southmead Hospital, Bristol.

"A woman was treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Hereford County Hospital."

Rerouted traffic on the A466 then caused gridlock, when two lorries got stuck trying to pass each other just outside Monmouth on the twisting and narrow Buckholt stretch, resulting in a miles-long tail back that lasted several hours.  

Anyone who may have witnessed the A49 crash, or has dashcam footage, is urged to contact PC Anthony Mansfield by emailing [email protected] quoting incident 71 of January 15, 2024.

Alternatively, information can be shared anonymously with the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-org.uk