A LORRY driver has died after his vehicle came off the road in Stourport earlier today (Monday, January 5).

Ambulance and fire crews battled to save the life of the driver, after they were called to the incident in Bewdley Road, when a DAF truck came off the road and came into contact with a tree, shortly before 10.30am this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said that it was 'likely' the man had taken ill at the wheel.

An ambulance crew, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Strensham and Cosford attended, as well as Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “When ambulance crews arrived, the fire service had already removed the driver from his vehicle and started to try and resuscitate him. Fire fighters took it in turns to continue CPR while ambulance crews administered advanced life-support.

“Sadly, despite the collective efforts of all involved, the man was confirmed dead at the scene.”

Resident Richard Sykes, who lives nearby, was in his garage at the time.

He said: “I live opposite and was one of the first people on the scene.

“I was in my garage when I heard an almighty bang. It literally shook the ground, I hadn’t got a clue what was going on.”

West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses following the fatal collision.

Anyone who may have seen the incident is asked to get in touch with police on the non-emergency 101, quoting the incident reference 145s January 5.