A30 crash lorry was towing two trailers and a caravan

A lorry which destroyed 250 metres of barrier while colliding with cars on the A30 was towing a caravan and two other trailers at the time, police have confirmed. The crash on Wednesday morning has caused traffic chaos on the main route linking Devon and Cornwall and left two people seriously hurt – one of them critically. Details of the vehicles involved have been slow to emerge throughout the day but police have now revealed that three cars and a Transit van were involved.

The fifth vehicle, an HGV, was a ‘four-vehicle combination’ of large lorry, small and large trailers and caravan. The road is still closed eastbound. A photo shows recovery vehicles at the scene of the crash at about 1.15pm.

The BBC has been to the scene and spoken to motorists stuck in the tailbacks which stretch for many miles either side of Tedburn St Mary and Cheriton Bishop. Emergency services remain at the scene of the serious multi-vehicle collision. Police, fire and ambulance were called at 7.40am today.

Police picture of crash on A30

A police statement says: “Involved were three cars – a Ford Ka, a Renault Megane and a Ford Fiesta – a Ford Transit van, and a four-vehicle combination of a lorry towing a small and large trailer plus a caravan.

“The female driver of the Ford Ka sustained multiple serious injuries and was airlifted to Derriford Hospital by air ambulance. The woman, in her 30s, remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition. The male driver of the HGV also sustained a serious leg injury and was taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

There are unconfirmed reports the HGV was a fairground vehicle.

A30 crash lorry was towing two trailers and a caravanRecovery on the A30

It is understood to have been travelling from the Exeter direction when it crashed through the central barrier and hit traffic travelling from the Cornwall direction. Photos from the scene show debris and a number of vehicles destroyed. Police say 250 metres of barrier has been destroyed.

The cabin of the lorry has ended up jackknifed on the embankment of the road while its large grey trailer and caravan are clearly visible to its side, as is the Transit. Diversions are in place westbound at Fingle Glen/Pathfinder and eastbound at Woodleigh junction. Police are advising motorists to avoid the area if possible for the time being.

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South Western Ambulance Service confirmed: “We were called at 7.36am about a four-vehicle road traffic incident on the A30 near Tedburn St Mary.

We sent various resources to the scene, including hazardous area response team paramedics and air ambulance paramedics. Our crews treated two patients at the scene, and conveyed them to hospital for further care.” Highways England initially said it was hoping to open the road this afternoon.

The latest information on its website says normal traffic is not expected to resume before 9pm, although some lanes may open before that. Read the DevonLive blog for all the latest. One lane will remain closed in both directions overnight for repairs to be made to a substantial stretch of damaged central reservation barrier.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact police via 101@dc.police.uk or by phone on 101, quoting log number 0149 of 28/08/19.

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