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Man dies after car crashes into railway bridge and bursts into flames near Frome

By Emma Grimshaw & Jack Colwill

A man has died after a vehicle crashed into a railway bridge near Frome this morning (May 12) and caught fire. Officers are now investigating the tragic incident.

Paramedics, firefighters and a critical air ambulance team attended the scene in Berkley Street just before 6.50am. Despite their best efforts, he could not be saved.

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: "We’re investigating a collision in which a man has died after his car struck a railway bridge in Standerwick this morning (Thursday 12 May). The incident happened in Berkley Street at just before 6.50am, reports Somerset Live.

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"A 36-year-old man, from the local area, sadly died at the scene. His family are being supported by a trained liaison officer and our thoughts are with them. If anyone witnessed this collision, please call us on 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5222111980."

The route between Castle Cary and Westbury was shut following the collision, but the train line has now re-opened.

A GWR tweet at around 8am this morning said: "Due to a road vehicle colliding with a bridge between Westbury and Castle Cary the line is closed. Disruption is expected until 09:15.

"Trains between Westbury and Taunton may be delayed or diverted. Train services between Westbury and Weymouth via Yeovil Pen Mill may be delayed."

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