Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses to an accident yesterday near Avebury in which a woman from the Melksham area died.

A red Austin Mini was being driven east on the A4 from the direction of the Beckhampton roundabout at Silbury Hill towards West Kennet just after 3.15pm when the accident happened.

The driver apparently lost control as he negotiated the brow of a hill and a series of bends.

The Mini span 90 degrees in the road, crossing the westbound carriageway, the passenger side hitting the front of a silver Audi A4 which was parked in an adjacent layby.

The force of the collision pushed the Audi back into a red Hyundai i20 which was parked behind it.

As a result, the passenger of the Mini, a 26-year-old woman from the Melksham area, died at the scene as a result of her injuries.

The male driver of the Mini suffered minor injuries.

The road was closed for five hours as a result of the collision. 

Wiltshire Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision, or may have seen the red Mini beforehand.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

The identity of the woman is expected to be confirmed in the next day or two.