Two die in 'horrific accident'
TWO men died when their car crashed into a tipper truck and burst into flames in Cornwall.
The driver of a silver Citroën Saxo and the only passenger were both killed when it collided with the HGV on the A30 at Crowlas, near Penzance, at around 9.50pm on Sunday.
The two victims, who were both from Cornwall, were not recovered from the destroyed vehicle until the following morning.
Officers closed the road for around 15 hours while collision scene investigators and officers with specialist training attended.
The male driver of the grey and blue tipper lorry received minor injuries.
Inspector Jean Phillips said: "This was clearly an horrific accident and obviously my thoughts are with the families of those involved and the emergency services who had to deal with it."
Devon and Cornwall Police received a call from an officer that the two vehicles had collided and a large fire had broken out in both.
Two fire engines from Penzance, one appliance from St Ives and the Rescue Tender from Camborne attended the incident. Firefighters used two sets of breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets to fight the flames.
When police arrived the fire was still burning and there was uncertainty over the number of occupants inside the Saxo.
Specially trained officers were drafted in to recover the bodies, which will not be formally identified until later this week.
The road was not reopened until 1.30pm on Monday.
A police spokesman said both vehicles had been well alight "within minutes" of impact and the car had been "completely destroyed".
A spokesman said the driver of the lorry suffered "minor cuts and bruises".
"Police can now confirm that two people died as a result of the collision which took place between an HGV lorry and a Citroën Saxo car and resulted in a large fire in both vehicles," he added.
"Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or seen either vehicle driving shortly before the collision."
Drivers were diverted onto small side roads around Penzance and St Ives while the road closure remained in place, causing long delays.
Police confirmed the families of two local men have been made aware of the incident, although formal identification was yet to take place at the time of the Cornish Guardian going to press.