A man has died and a woman has been seriously injured after a three vehicle crash in Staffordshire.
The incident happened at just before 10.30pm on Wednesday evening on the A53 Newcastle Road near the junction of Sandy Lane in the village of Ashley between Market Drayton and Stoke.
Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and two doctors from the North Staffordshire BASICS scheme were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a serious collision between a van, a 4x4 and a car.
“The van was on fire and sadly, nothing could be done to save a 38-year-old man who was confirmed dead at the scene.
“A 48-year-old woman from the 4x4 had been pulled from the vehicle by quick thinking bystanders fearing it might catch fire too. She was assessed and treated at the scene for serious injuries.
“She was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Royal Stoke University Hospital - one of the doctors travelled with the ambulance crew.
“No-one in the car was hurt.”
An investigation is underway and officers from the Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for witnesses or anyone with relevant dash-cam footage should contact Staffordshire police on 101, quoting incident 836 of 7 August.