A pensioner has died after he was hit by a tyre while walking his dog near a dual carriageway.

The victim, a man in his 70s, tragically passed away after being struck by the wheel which was flung from the A38 near Newton Abbot, Devon.

The fatal incident happened at 10.30am on Monday morning between the Drumbridges roundabout and Chudleigh Knighton junction heading towards Exeter, Devon Live reports.

Emergency services scrambled to the scene and the road was closed for several hours in both directions.

Police have since confirmed a man was hit by the tyre and died at the scene.

The driver often vehicle involved has also been traced, detectives said.

Police said: “A man has died after being struck by a tyre on the A38 near Newton Abbot this morning (Monday).

"Police were called to the A38 between the Drumbridges Roundabout and Chudleigh Knighton junction at around 10.30am with a report that a dog walker had been struck by a tyre which appeared to have originated from a passing vehicle.

"A local man in his 70s was pronounced deceased shortly afterwards. His next-of-kin has been informed.

"The vehicle has been traced and enquiries are being made with the driver.

"A road closure on the eastbound carriageway was implemented for several hours, re-opening at 4.50pm."

An investigation has been launched into the incident with tragically ended in a pensioner being killed.

Anyone with information should contact police by call 101 or emailing [email protected] and quoting log number 261 of 1/9/20.