A PUB close to the scene of a fatal crash over the weekend has launched a petition calling for a lower speed limit on the stretch.

On Friday (July 31), a motorcyclist died after a crash on the A38 near the Beambridge Inn, at Beambridge near Wellington.

Police are appealing for information after the crash, the latest in a number of incidents on the stretch.

The latest incident has now prompted calls for the lowering of the speed limit on the A38 and the installation of speed cameras, with the pub launching a petition via social media.

A statement said: "Following the tragic accident outside our business on Friday morning, I have decided to get a petition started to see if we can get something done about the speed limit along this road.

"In our 13 years at The Beambridge, we are saddened to say that we have seen many fatalities.

"Witnessing the fabulous paramedics doing everything they could to save this man's life was harrowing. This was so tragic.

"Will you all please help me get as many signatures as possible to present to the powers that be to see if we can get a speed limit and cameras along this stretch of road.

"Our thoughts are with the gentleman’s family."

People can sign the petition online at https://www.change.org/p/somerset-county-council-speed-limit-reduction-and-cameras-at-beambridge.

It has so far garnered more than 250 signatures, less than a day after being launched.

The latest crash happened at around 7.15am on Friday, police said.

A Yamaha YBR motorcycle collided with a Ford Focus and the biker, a man in his 50s, was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and later, sadly died.

Anyone with information regarding the crash should contact police on 101, quoting incident 204 of July 31.