New Year horror crash: 7 hurt in 'serious collision'– five-vehicle smash closes major road


The A38 remains closed after a crash in the early hours of this morning near Buckfastleigh.

According to National Highways, the road is shut westbound between the A384 at Buckfastleigh and the B3380 near Deancombe.

National Highways: South-West wrote on Twitter shortly before 1am on Friday morning: “Traffic is currently stopped on the #A38 westbound in #Devon between the #A384 #Buckfastleigh and the #B3380 near #Deancombe due to a collision. More updates to follow.”

According to traffic service Inrix, the crash involved multiple vehicles at around 12.30am on Friday morning.

A statement on Inrix said: “A38 Southbound closed due to multi-vehicle accident from A384 (Dartbridge Junction, Buckfast) to A385 (Marley Head Junction, South Brent).

“The road has been closed since around 00:30 Friday morning.”

The accident follows a serious collision hours earlier, at Haldon Hill.

Speaking of the incident on Twitter, Devon and Cornwall Police said: “A38 Westbound carriageway closed at Buckfastleigh due to a five-car collision after a car was travelling the wrong way down the carriageway.”

The statement continued: “Amazingly nobody seriously injured, one male arrested at the scene, we will get the road open as soon as we can.”

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Crews attended an RTC involving five vehicles on the A38.

They continued: “Crews confirmed one person was trapped and got to work extricating the casualty using hydraulic rescue equipment and small tools.

“Seven casualties in total were cared for by paramedics.

“Crews assisted with scene safety and duty of care of casualties was left with the ambulance service.

The statement ended: “Police and Highways also attended.”

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The A38, parts of which are known as Devon Expressway, Bristol Road and Gloucester Road, is a major A-class trunk road in England.

The road runs from Bodmin in Cornwall to Mansfield in Nottinghamshire.

It is 292 miles long, making it the longest two-digit A road in England.


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