A MAN has been airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries following a crash in Mortimer this morning (Tuesday, October 1).

The collision, which happened in Goring Lane at around 7.15am, involved a blue Ford Fiesta and a white Volkswagen Transporter van.

The 25-year-old driver of the car was left with life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to hospital.

The driver of the van, a 47-year-old man, sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

The passenger in the van, a 52-year-old man, sustained minor injuries.

A spokesman from South Central Ambulance Service said: "We received multiple 999 calls around 7.15 this morning all reporting a serious head-on collision between a car and a van on Goring Lane, Goddards Green, Mortimer, this morning resulting in people in both vehicles being trapped.

"We informed Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service requesting their assistance and sent a rapid response vehicle, three ambulances, an ambulance officer, the Thames Valley Air Ambulance emergency response vehicle and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance to the incident.

"The car driver was a 25-year-old male who had sustained multiple, life-threatening injuries and having been released from the vehicle and receiving initial advanced life-supporting treatment at the scene was then flown to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Southampton.

"One male patient in the van who was able to get himself out of the vehicle having only sustained minor injuries was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital; the second male patient who was trapped in the van was released with the aid of the fire service and also taken by road to the Royal Berkshire Hospital for further treatment on his serious injuries."

Police, ambulance and fire crews were at the scene, where the victim was given life-supporting treatment.

No arrests have been made.

Investigating officer detective constable Katy Kent, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, based at Three Mile Cross, said: “I would like to appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident, or who has any information relating to it, to call us on 101, quoting reference number 170 1/10.

“I would be particularly interested in hearing from anyone who has dash-cam footage of the incident.”