A MAN had to be cut free from a vehicle after it left the road and smashed into a tree in the early hours of today (Friday).

Emergency services attended the incident on the A38 near Whiteball, outside Wellington, at 1.24am.

After police arrived on the scene, officers summoned Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to assist.

Two engines from Wellington and a heavy rescue vehicle from Taunton were sent.

A DSFRS spokesman said: "On arrival, the incident commander confirmed that one vehicle had left the road and collided with a tree with one male casualty still inside the vehicle.

"Crews got to work to stabilise the vehicle and extricate the casualty using hydraulic cutting equipment.

"One male casualty was extricated from the vehicle and left in the care of ambulance crews."