A MAN has died following a crash between a car and a lorry in Malvern which closed the A449.

The man, aged in his 20s, and thought to be from the local area, was declared dead at the scene of the crash on the A449 between Newland and Bastonford this afternoon at around 1.20pm.

The man was driving a red Peugeot 106 towards Worcester when the crash happened with a blue Renault HGV travelling in the opposite direction.

His family has been informed. The road remains closed and a spokesman for West Mercia Police said she was not able to give a time when it would reopen.

PC Lee Baker is investigating the circumstances of the crash. He said: "This is a very tragic incident in which a young man has lost his life. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family at this sad time.

"We are not naming the man at this time and the Worcestershire coroner will be informed in due course.

"The A449 is a very busy stretch of road and I would appeal to anyone who saw the collision or either of the vehicles beforehand to contact us."

Witnesses are asked to call PC Baker on 0300 333 3000 quoting 351S 211112.