A MAN died and another was taken to hospital with serious injuries following a crash near Evesham.

The B4077 at Little Washbourne was closed for six hours from about 4.35pm yesterday following the collision near to Ye Old Hobnails Inn.

It involved a black VW Golf that was travelling towards Tewkesbury and a white Peugeot Boxer panel van travelling in the opposite direction.

Police, firefighters and medics from West Midlands Ambulance Service and Great Western Ambulance Service attended, together with the crew of the Midlands Air Ambulance normally based at Strensham, who attended by car as it was too dark to launch the helicopter.

The driver of the Golf, a 22-year-old man from Tewkesbury, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 38-year-old man from Lower Slaughter who was driving the van suffered neck, chest and leg injuries and was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further treatment.

His injuries are not considered life threatening and he is currently in a stable condition.

Officers from Gloucestershire Police are investigating the crash and urging witnesses to come forward.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, it was apparent nothing could be done to save the driver of the car involved in the collision and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The van driver was trapped in his vehicle for approximately 45 minutes. He was treated for a neck injury, a chest injury and leg injuries. He was given pain relief at the scene and was fully immobilised before being taken to the major trauma unit at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“Crews also assessed and discharged a woman at the scene who came across the incident and who had become distressed.”

Witnesses to the collision who are yet to speak to officers should call Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 304 of December 4.