A361 Somerset road closed after fatal crash

A man has died after a car crashed into a pole on a busy road in Somerset.

The driver of a black Ford Fiesta died at the scene after the car collided with a utility pole on the A361 in Pilton.

He has not yet been formally identified but his family are aware, according to police.

The road was closed overnight while investigators examined the scene and engineers checked overhead power cables.

The crash happened shortly before 2am on December 10.

It is not expected to reopen until 2pm today (December 10) at the earliest, with drivers advised to avoid the area.

In a statement, Avon and Somerset Police confirmed no one else was involved in the crash.

“We’re appealing for witnesses and information after a man died in a collision on the A361 Park Hill, Pilton, overnight,” the force said.

“Emergency services were called to the single-vehicle collision just before 2am on Friday but sadly the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed overnight following the collision.

“While he has yet to be formally identified his family are aware and being supported by specially-trained officers. Our thoughts are with them in their loss.

“The black Ford Fiesta was in collision with a utility pole. No one else was injured in the collision.”


Heavy goods vehicles are being diverted at the A361 junction with the A37 near Cannards Grave and at the junction with the A39 near B&Q.

The road is closed to cars at the junctions with Parsons Batch and Lower Westholme Road.

Anyone who travelled along the A361 around 2am, or who saw the Fiesta prior to the collision, is asked to contact police on 101 quoting crime reference number 5221289527.