Man in his late 20s dies in A38 crash

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Police have confirmed that a man in his late 20s has died after his car left the A38 and hit the back of a parked container lorry in a lay by on the A38 early today. It is believed the man may have suffered a medical emergency at the wheel. Police say it appears that the black car left the road and hit the lorry before ending up in a hedge near the Trago Mills junction at Drumbridges.

A doctor was called and the driver who was found unconscious was declared dead. The man’s next of kin have not yet been traced. The road was closed as police forensic teams investigated, causing massive congestion throughout South Devon for early morning traffic on the A38 and surrounding roads.

A Devon and Cornwall police statement confirmed: “At approximately crash 2.50 am on Friday May 12 police received a report from a motorist on the A38, Exeter-bound, just before the Drumbridges exit, near Newton Abbot. It appears a car has hit a parked lorry and has left the road and gone into a hedge.

“Police and ambulance went to the scene where the driver was found unconscious. A doctor shortly after declared the driver deceased. He was a male aged late 20s.

His next of kin have not yet been informed.” Police set up an Exeter-bound road closure from Goodstone junction and put diversions in place. At around 7.45am the road was partially opened.

Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed this incident. Please call 101 or email [email protected] quoting log 82 of 12 May 2017.

Police announced just before 6am that the road was closed near to Newton Abbot, Exeter bound, and warned it could be closed for some time. One lane of the dual-carriageway near Drumbridges re-opened at 8am but traffic between Ashburton and the Newton Abbot turnoff remained gridlocked. The A38 was closed from the A383 (turn for Newton Abbot/Bickington and Drum Bridges).

One lane remained closed on the stretch of road from Goodstone to Drumbridges.Diversions have been put in place.

The Road Police team said the accident was fatal and the road would be closed for some time for forensic investigation.

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