TWO people have died in a crash that closed the A49 for much of the day.

A police spokesperson said officers were called at 6.15am following a collision on the A49 outside Pengethley Garden Centre in Peterstow between an ambulance and a car.

The driver and passenger of the car, two men, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Two ambulance staff were taken to hospital with injuries not believed to be serious.

An ambulance service spokesperson said the ambulance was not responding to a 999 call at the time of the crash.

Four ambulances, three paramedic officers and an emergency doctor from the Mercia Accident Rescue Service attended the scene.

The Trust will continue to work with West Mercia Police on the investigation, which is already underway.

Enquiries are on-going and police are appealing for witnesses, in particular any motorists who were in the area and have dash cam footage.

Sergeant Dan Poucher said: "Next of kin have been informed and our thoughts are with the families of those affected.

"If anyone was in the area early this morning and witnessed the collision or has dash cam footage we would ask them to get in contact with us."

Any witnesses are asked to contact West Mercia Police on 101 quoting reference 155s 250819.

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