A cyclist has died after a crash with a van on the A40 in Carmarthenshire.

The incident happened on the westbound stretch of the dual carriageway between Carmarthen and St Clears, near Bancyfelin, at around 6.40pm on Thursday night.

Police officers and paramedics went to the scene of the crash, which resulted in the road being closed for more than 12 hours. Police have confirmed that a female cyclist died at the scene. No further details about the identity or age of the cyclist have been released at this stage.

A spokeswoman for the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “We were called at approximately 6.48pm on Thursday, February 25, to reports of a road traffic accident involving a van and a cyclist on the A40 between Carmarthen and St Clears.

“We sent three emergency ambulances and a rapid response car to the scene, where crews were also supported by a doctor from MEDSERVE Wales and colleagues from the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service.”

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A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “Officers responded to a fatal collision involving a cyclist and a van on the A40 westbound dual carriageway near Bancyfelin at around 6:40pm yesterday evening (Thursday, February 25).

“Tragically the female cyclist died at the scene. Our thoughts are with her family at this time, and specialist support has been made available.”

The driver of the van has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and is currently in police custody.

Police are investigating the fatal collision and are asking for any witnesses to come forward.

Anyone who saw the incident is asked to contact the Serious Collision Unit at Dyfed-Powys Police as soon as possible, either online, by e-mail at [email protected] or by calling 101.