FORMER Premier League footballer Jlloyd Samuel has died in a car crash near Lymm this morning.

The 37-year-old ex-Aston Villa and Bolton player was killed in the two-vehicle collision on West Lane.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association confirmed the news on their Facebook page today, Tuesday.

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The statement statement: "We've received some terrible news that former National defender and Ex-Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers player Jlloyd Samuel died in a car crash this morning in England.

"According to reports, Jlloyd was returning home after dropping his kids off to school and collided with an oncoming vehicle.

"The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association and his former national teammates at this time extends deepest condolences to his family members both in the UK and here in Trinidad and Tobago."

Bolton Wanderers also released a statement via the club's Twitter account.

He said: "Everybody associated with Bolton Wanderers Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former defender, Jlloyd Samuel.

"Rest in peace, Jlloyd. Our deepest condolences are with his family and friends at this difficult time."

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Samuel joined Wanderers in 2007 as Sammy Lee's first signing at the club.

He went on to play 71 games for the club, including appearing in every match of the 2008/09 Premier League season.

Before joining the Bolton, the defender spent nine seasons at Aston Villa, racking up 169 appearances.

Police have confirmed that the footballer, who had most recently been manager of non-league side Egerton, died at the scene.

His next of kin have been informed and are currently being supported by specially trained officers.

Police remain at the scene on West Lane following the collision involving a Range Rover and a van at 7.55am.

The driver of the van, a 54-year-old man, sustained serious injuries and has been taken to hospital for treatment.

Firefighters attended the crash as one of the vehicles was 'well alight' near Costcutter.

Witnesses reported how members of the public rushed to try to rescue the footballer after the fire broke out. 

Road closures have been put in place at either end of West Lane, near the junctions of the A56 and the A50, as emergency services deal with the incident.