Pictures show A30 destruction after lorry crashed through barrier

Photographs have emerged showing the aftermath of a six-vehicle crash that has left the A30 closed for several hours. A lorry crashed through the central reservation and hit oncoming traffic on the road between Cheriton Bishop and Tedburn St Mary at around 7.40am on Wednesday (August 28). Police and highways officials are still working to repair 250 metres of central barrier which was destroyed in the collision.

Two people have been seriously hurt and others injured in the six-vehicle pile up, while an air ambulance landed on the dual carriageway. The pictures show the devastation at the scene as a large Volvo lorry ended up close to the embankment on the opposite carriageway, half a mile from the Woodleigh junction. The photo also shows a caravan and van badly damaged.

The air ambulance landed on the A30 following the collision

As Devon Live reports , Insp Si Jenkinson, of the Alliance Roads Policing Team, has asked drivers to be patient.

He said: “The A30 remains closed in both directions due to the significant damage to the central reservation and vehicles involved. “We are working hard to complete our initial investigation but this remains a challenging scene. Please bear with us.”

His colleague Chief Inspector Adrian Leisk has also tweeted details. He said: “Officers from  @RoadPolAlliance  and  @AllianceArv  are working hard with  @HighwaysSWEST colleagues to get the A30 reopened. “Around 250 metres of central barrier has been damaged and the recovery of the vehicles will take time.

We are working to get one lane open westbound soon.” A police spokesman also provided details of what happened. They said: “Emergency services are currently at the scene of a serious multi-vehicle collision on the A30 at Cheriton Bishop.

“Police, fire and ambulance were called at 7.40am today [August 28] following a collision involving six vehicles. “Among the vehicles is an HGV which has overturned and is on its side, plus a caravan. “A number of people have been injured and two people are believed seriously hurt.”

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Sales manager Gary Bayley, from Exmouth, witnessed the aftermath of the crash.

The 48-year-old told the PA news agency: “It looks like a fairground lorry, one that carries all the rides to different sites, has gone through the central reservation into oncoming traffic. “It appears to have hit another car on the way, which was squashed and not a pretty sight at all. “If there isn’t a fatality …

I would be very surprised.” Both carriageways are closed and are likely to remain shut for some time. 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. 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 August 28.

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