MESSAGES and prayers of support have been flooding in from the community, following a horrific crash at Trumpet crossroads last Sunday, which left one man dead and four other people seriously hurt.

And police have launched an appeal for information following the crash at the junction, which in the past has been a known accident blackspot.

The incident took place at the junction of the A438 and A417 at 11.40pm on September 24.

Four ambulances, three emergency doctors and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene after a black Honda Civic and a silver VW Tiguan collided.

The driver of the Honda, a man in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene. He had not been named by police at the time of going to press.

The driver of the Tiguan sustained a broken shoulder.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were initially called to reports of a two car collision with one vehicle in a hedge. On arrival, sadly it was immediately obvious that nothing could be done to save the man in one car and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“There were five people in the other car; two adults and three children."

The spokesman added: "A two-year-old girl was unconscious; ambulance staff were told that she had been pulled from the car by a lorry driver who had stopped to assist.

"She was anaesthetised at the scene and was taken to the paediatric major trauma centre at Birmingham Children’s Hospital on blue lights with one of the doctors travelling with the ambulance crew.

“A seven-year-old boy went to the same hospital with multiple injuries. Again, a doctor travelled with the child as he was taken on blue lights.

“A boy of five had suffered a number of injuries and was also taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with the third doctor travelling."

The front seat passenger was a 38-year-old woman. She was taken to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

The spokesman said: "The 35 year old man driving went with the woman to the same hospital. He had suffered a shoulder injury.”

Ledbury people have responded to the news with dismay, concern and sympathy.

Posting on The Ledbury Reporter online site, Gavin Davies said: "I was on that road Sunday night and saw the aftermath. It's so very sad. My thoughts are with that poor boy's family. Let's hope everyone else gets through it and those babies are ok."

Sara Manns Pedlingham said: " My heart goes out to all involved. I hope the survivors continue to do well."

Kim Williams said: " It is so tragic. My prayers and hopes are for all involved and their families."

Victoria Rees called the news "heartbreaking" and Amanda Parry said: "I'm sending my thoughts and prayers to the family of the man that sadly lost his life."

There have been a number of serious accidents at the Trumpet Crossroads over the years, with some local people suggesting the state of the road could be a factor.

The crossroads are controlled by traffic lights have been for around 15 years, but this has not stopped accidents taking place.

In October 2010, a 23 year old woman from Hereford died at the crossroads when her car left the road and collided with a tree.

In May 2015, a family of five were all taken to hospital, some with serious injuries, following a collision at Trumpet crossroads.

West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses, concerning the latest incident.

A spokesman said: " If you have any information in relation to the collision, or saw the vehicles being driven around that time, please phone West Mercia Police on 101, referencing incident 853S 240917.