A five-year-old boy has died following an accident on the main road between St Austell and Lostwithiel.

Police were called to Penpillick Hill on the A390 after a collision involving the youngster and a Ford Fiesta.

The accident occurred at around 4.50pm yesterday (Thursday, April 25).

A police spokesperson said: “A five-year-old boy sustained serious injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. His next of kin have been informed. The driver of the car was uninjured.

“The road was closed in both directions while emergency services dealt with the scene. It was reopened at around 12.40am.

“If you witnessed the incident or have any information or dashcam footage that could help with enquiries, please contact police via our website or by calling 101 quoting log 547 of 25/04/24.”

Sergeant Phil Brown, of the police serious collisions investigation team, said: “Our thoughts are with the family following this tragic incident. They are being supported by specialist officers.

“We would like to thank those members of public who stopped to help at the scene.

“Officers are investigating the circumstances that led to the collision and we would particularly like to speak to any witnesses who we have not yet spoken to.”