Driver held after biker is killed in crash on A38 in South East Cornwall
Traffic along one of the Westcountry's busiest roads suffered long delays yesterday, after a motorcyclist died in an accident.
The victim was airlifted from the scene after his vehicle was involved in a collision with a lorry on the A38 at Two Waters Foot near Liskeard, shortly after 2pm.
According to one report, the biker swerved to avoid a vehicle but hit an oncoming lorry. Last night the driver of a car, said to be from East Cornwall, was arrested and was being interviewed.
Sarah Pearce, of the Halfway House Inn, said staff were left shaken after the accident. "Somebody came in after we heard a big bang. The chef went up the road, but he didn't want to get too close. It was a motorbike, and we have been told the rider died. They're closing the road and the air ambulance has just taken off. It's very sad."
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A fire crew attended to clear up spilled paint thinner from the lorry. The road was closed in both directions to allow specialist police officers to carry out an investigation.
It was expected to remain closed until 6am today, in part because of scheduled roadworks which required overnight closure.
Westbound traffic was being diverted onto the A30 as far back as Exeter, while local traffic was diverted onto the A390. The extra traffic caused congestion and added miles to many journeys.