String of road crashes leave one dead, another critical
A woman was last night in hospital battling life-threatening injuries following a road crash in Cornwall.
The accident was just one of a string of serious smashes across the Westcountry over the past few days including one in which a woman died.
Firefighters cut the seriously injured woman free from a vehicle on the A390 at Downend, Lostwithiel, near St Austell, on Monday following the accident at 8.45pm.
Fifteen firefighters attended the scene – no other vehicle was involved in the crash.
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Air ambulance crews flew the woman to Derriford Hospital, where she remained last night.
A police spokesman said yesterday afternoon: "I can confirm the lady's injuries are life-threatening."
The route was still closed throughout the day yesterday following the accident.
Yesterday morning, heavy rain sparked a number of crashes on roads in Devon, triggering rush-hour delays.
In Plymouth at 8.51am a motorcyclist collided with the rear of a blue Ford Focus Zetec at Delamere Road junction in Eggbuckland.
The motorcyclist, a 26-year-old man from Plymouth, was taken to Derriford Hospital with a non-serious knee injury, according to police. The 32-year-old woman driving the Focus was uninjured and the road was cleared and reopened by 9.50am.
Meanwhile, at 9am three vehicles collided on the A30 on the Exeter-bound sliproad towards Ide. When police arrived everyone was out of the vehicles, with no injuries reported. The A30 was closed eastbound at the A377 Alphington interchange.
At 9.20am, a black Vauxhall Astra aquaplaned on the A38 southbound at Dean Prior and crashed into the central reservation, partially blocking one lane of the carriageway. Police said the male driver was suffering from shock and minor injuries and an ambulance attended.
Officers said the incident delayed traffic at the southbound Lower Dean junction and westbound between the Dartbridge junction in Buckfastleigh and the Marley Head junction in Didworthy.
Emergency services were later called to St David's Hill, Exeter, at 3pm after a 76-year-old man collided with a silver VW Transporter van.
A police spokesman said: "The injured man was conscious and breathing and was placed on a spinal board by paramedics as a precaution.
"He was then taken to the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital by ambulance."
On Monday a female driver died at about 11.25am on the A394 between Treliever roundabout and Longdowns near Penryn, near Falmouth.
She was driving a black Volkswagen Bora travelling towards Treliever when it crashed with a Leyland DAF lorry travelling in the opposite direction.