A motorcyclist has died following a collision with a car on the A49 near Whitchurch, police have confirmed.

The incident took place at Prees Heath Common Reserve at 1.45 pm on Thursday, May 18.

The male motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene and the two female occupants were taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital, the driver with serious injuries.

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A West Mercia Police spokesperson said: "Police were called to a collision involving a car and a motorbike at Prees Heath Common Reserve at 1.45 pm today.

"The male rider of the Ducati bike was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

"The two female occupants of the Honda Jazz car were taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital, the driver with serious injuries and the passenger with minor injuries.

"The road is still closed."

In an accompanying post on social media the force said the two people in the car had been transported by air ambulance.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: "On arrival, crews discovered the motorcyclist, a man, in a critical condition.

"Ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support but sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, it became apparent that he could not be saved and was confirmed dead at the scene.

"The driver of the car, a woman, was cut free from the vehicle with the assistance of fire colleagues before being assessed by medics.

"She was treated for potentially serious injuries before being airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.

"A third patient, the female passenger of the car, was treated by ambulance staff for injuries not believed to be serious before being conveyed by land ambulance to the same hospital for further treatment.”