Three people, including a four-year-old boy, have died after a head-on car crash near a pub in Worcestershire.
Emergency services rushed to the scene near Bewdley at around 10.15pm following reports of a crash between a blue Ford Focus and a black Audi A7 on the A456 .
Two women, aged 32 and 28, and the boy – all of whom were travelling in the Ford Focus – were pronounced dead at the scene.
A further three people in the Audi were taken to Worcester Royal Hospital with minor injuries, West Mercia Police saig.
The cars were travelling in opposite directions when the crash took place near the Duke William pub, with the Ford Focus heading towards Kidderminster and the Audi towards Rock, a statement added.
Inspector Stephanie Arrowsmith, of West Mercia's Operations Policing unit, said: "First and foremost our thoughts are with the loved ones of the people who died in the collision.
"I would like to appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information or dash-cam footage which may help with the investigation to call the investigating officers."
The road remained closed on Thursday as police continued to probe the fatal crash, and was expected to remain shut throughout the day.
A police statement added: "Three people have died following a collision near to the Duke William Pub in Callow Hill on the A456.
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"Tragically three people in the Ford Focus were pronounced deceased at the scene, a 32-year-old woman, a 28-year-old woman and a 4-year-old boy.
"The road is currently closed as officers carry out enquiries into the collision, we anticipate the road to be closed until later this afternoon."