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APPEAL FOR WITNESSES AFTER 19 YEAR OLD DIES ON A40 AT WHITCHURCH

Police in Herefordshire are appealing for witnesses to a one-vehicle road traffic collision in which one person has died today. Officers were called to the incident at 7.54am this morning.

The collision occurred on the east bound (Ross-bound) carriageway of the A40 just before the Symonds Yat turn off at Whitchurch when a green 306 Peugeot motor car left the road to the nearside whilst negotiating a sweeping left-hand curve. The vehicle travelled through a fence onto private property and collided with a lorry trailer being used as a storage unit.

The driver, who sustained fatal injuries in the crash has been named as Benjamin James Enoch, 19 years, from Truro in Cornwall. Benjamin was the only person in the vehicle. He has been formally identified by his family and a post-mortem examination will be carried out at the earliest opportunity. The Coroner has been informed and an inquest is expected to be opened and adjourned early next week.

The eastbound carriageway was closed between Dixton roundabout at Monmouth and the Symonds Yat exit at Whitchurch, which required long diversions to be set up. The incident caused considerable delays for drivers on the eastbound A40. The carriageway was closed for four hours whilst police collision investigators examined the scene to determine the cause of the crash. All the emergency services including the Air Ambulance were called to the scene.

Police investigating the incident are keen to speak with anyone who saw the collision or saw the Peugeot being driven along the A40 between Monmouth and the crash site. Anyone with information should contact PC Dean Smith of the Roads Policing Team at Hereford Police Station on 0300 333 3000.

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FIRST REPORT OF INCIDENT

Police in Herefordshire have confirmed that they are dealing with a road traffic collision in which one person has died. They were called to the incident at 7.54 am today (Thursday). At this stage there is believed to be only one vehicle involved.

The location is on the east bound (Ross-bound) carriageway of the A40 just before the Symonds Yat turn off at Whitchurch. The eastbound carriageway has been closed between Dixton roundabout at Monmouth and the Symonds Yat exit at Whitchurch. Diversions have been set up.

There are already long delays on the eastbound A40 and drivers are asked to seek alternatives routes if possible. It is expected the carriageway will be closed for some few hours as police collision investigators examine the scene to determine the cause of the crash. All the emergency services including the Air Ambulance were called to the scene.

Further information on the actual incident will be released later in the day as details become available.

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