19th November 2019

Police statement following fatal collision in Taunton

Avon and Somerset Police have released a statement following a fatal collision in Taunton.

“At around 01:30 this morning (Thursday 17 October), we were called to reports of car, which was believed to have been stolen, driving erratically on the A38 near to Wellington in the direction of Taunton.

It failed to stop for officers and shortly afterwards, after driving with a deflated tyre, stopped outside the former Taunton police station in Shuttern and the driver was arrested on suspicion of theft of a vehicle.

At about 02:30 officers saw a second vehicle which was also believed to have been stolen. This vehicle also failed to stop for officers who followed it.

Shortly afterwards, the vehicle crashed near to the railway station in Cheddon Road (opposite Kilkenny Court), ending up on its roof and setting fire. Fire and ambulance services attended the scene.

The driver was taken to Musgrove Park Hospital with serious injuries but has since sadly died.

Two other occupants who were seriously injured were taken to Southmead Hospital.

Road closures remain in place at the site of both incidents and police investigations are continuing.

The force’s professional standards department have been advised and the incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.”