A man has died after being hit by a vehicle on a main dual carriageway, police have confirmed. The incident happened during the early hours of Easter Monday on the A40 on the outskirts of Carmarthen. Police, paramedics and fire crews all attended the scene and the road was closed in both directions between Carmarthen and St Clears for several hours, causing huge traffic tailbacks in the area.

The collision involved a car and a male pedestrian and happened on the eastbound side of the carriageway heading towards Carmarthen at around 4.45am on Monday. The man, who has not been named at this stage, died at the scene. To get the latest Carmarthenshire stories sent directly to you for free, click here.

Police have opened an investigation into the incident, with a spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police confirming: “We are investigating a road traffic collision which occurred at about 4.45am on Monday, April 1. A car and a pedestrian were involved in the collision on the A40 eastbound just before Carmarthen. Sadly the male pedestrian died at the scene. Next of kin has been advised and is being supported by specialist officers.”

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A spokesman for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “At 4.54am on Monday, April 1, the Carmarthen and Whitland crews were called to an incident along the St Clears to Carmarthen section of the A40 Eastbound. Crews responded to a road traffic collision involving one private motor vehicle and one pedestrian. The vehicle’s one occupant had been released from the vehicle prior to the arrival of crews. Sadly, a male pedestrian died at the scene. Crews assisted with scene lighting and scene preservation and left the scene at 7.14am.”

The A40 was shut shortly after the fatal collision and remained closed for around eight hours, reopening at around 1pm on Monday afternoon.