A man has been killed after his car collided with a livestock lorry on the A39.

The incident took place near Cannington at around 6.30 am on the morning of Monday, August 7.

The man, who was in his 60s, became trapped in his purple Peugeot 107 and was cut from the vehicle by the fire brigade. Despite the best efforts of paramedics he died at the scene.

Police have now issued a witness appeal and are calling for anyone who witnessed the the incident to come forward.

In a statement released on Monday afternoon a spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said:

"A man has died following a collision between a car and a lorry carrying livestock in Somerset this morning (Monday 7 August).

"The collision, on the A39 between Fiddington and Cannington was reported at 6.35am. Emergency services and the air ambulance attended the scene.

"The driver of the purple Vauxhall car, a man in his 60s, sadly died at the scene despite efforts of medics. His family have been informed and our thoughts are with them. A specially-trained family liaison officer will provide them with support.

"The lorry driver is not believed to have sustained serious physical injury.

"The road is currently shut in both directions, with investigation work being carried out at the scene and the vehicles recovered.

We’d ask any witnesses, or motorists who were using the A39 at the time of the collision and may have relevant dashcam footage, to please contact us online or on 101 giving reference number 5223189412."