A PASSENGER was killed after the car she was traveling in crashed “head on” with another.

Villagers rushed to the scene, with some providing first aid, while others sheltered emergency staff with umbrellas, according to a witness.

The woman, in her 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene after the crash on the A38 at the junction with Chequers Lane, in Wychbold, near Droitwich, close to the M5 junction 5.

An ambulance happened across the scene at around 4pm on Bank Holiday Monday, in which a Toyota Yaris and a Citroen C4 had collided, leaving one dead and five more injured.

Some residents in nearby homes were already at the scene, with several helping to divert traffic to allow the first ambulance through.

A second woman suffered serious injuries and received trauma care by ambulance staff on the scene before being taken to hospital.

Three further patients were also taken to hospital and another was assessed but discharged at the scene.

Villager Peter Evans, a former chairman of Dodderhill Parish Council, said he was told the Toyota had “veered across” the lanes after the driver had suffered a “medical issue and lost control”.

Mike Ansfield, who lives on the junction, said: “We heard an enormous bang and then within about five minutes, we saw an ambulance there.

“[Eventually] there were four or five ambulances, then there were two fire engines and an emergency helicopter came.

“There were some [people] in the people carrier, four or five sitting on the bank, one lady was laid down and I think three others were half sitting, drinking water.

“The gentleman on the far side [of the road], who was from the small car, he looked in a bad way.

“They were looking at him, quite a few people who had first aid experience were with him.”

Mr Ansfield said: “There were a lot of people helping. They had umbrellas because it was so hot, they were holding them up for shelter. They were bringing water bottles out.

“The scene of crimes people, the forensics, were taking a long time doing the GPS measurements,” he added.

One of Mr Ansfield’s neighbours was brushing his driveway when the crash took place and, being a trained first-aider, was one of the first people on the scene.

Another resident, who lives opposite the junction on Worcester Road and had gone down to the scene initially to direct traffic, said the woman who died was a passenger in the Toyota.

“I believe the police said it could have possibly been a medical incident,” she continued.

“We were trying to help re-direct traffic and moving people on because behind the car, about two cars back, there was an ambulance already there, that was obviously traveling somewhere else.

“They helped the patients and people in the cars. So, it was just a matter of helping keep traffic out of the way.

“It’s just really sad for the people involved,” she added.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said the woman was found in a critical condition.

“A woman was in a critical condition on scene following the collision,” she said.

“Despite the best efforts of ambulance staff, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead a short time later.

“A second woman suffered serious injuries and received trauma care by ambulance staff on scene before being taken by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further treatment.

“A man, a woman and a further patient also suffered injuries and received treatment on scene before being taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

"A second man was assessed but discharged on scene.”

Road closures were in place whilst emergency services were in attendance.

The police are keen to speak with anyone who witnessed the collision or has any dashcam footage of the incident.

If you have any information, call West Mercia Police on 101 quoting incident number 506s of April 23.