Scene of tragic lorry crash at busy A38 roundabout in Devon

Police have reopened a stretch of road through Devon where a lorry driver sadly died this morning. Emergency services were placed on alert earlier today on Saturday, June 27, amid reports of a crash at Drumbridges Roundabout, near Heathfield, around four miles outside of Newton Abbot. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

It’s not thought any other motorist was involved in the crash. The incident happened at 7.30am this morning. Inspector Si Jenkinson of Devon and Cornwall Police has now issued an update revealing that officers had finished investigation work at the scene.

It comes as new pictures show officers down on the road network after the crash unfolded. Barriers were put in place near to where the lorry had left the roundabout. Police were also seen directing traffic and temporary road signs were put in place.

“Officers have concluded at Drum Bridges,” Insp Jenkinson tweeted to followers shortly before 3pm. “The road is now fully open. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”

No further details have yet been provided by the police concerning the deceased lorry driver.

Devon and Cornwall Police – what happens at the scene of a road traffic collision

What should I do if I am involved in a road traffic collision? If you are the driver you MUST stop and give the vehicle’s registration number, your name and address, and that of the owner, to anyone who needs it. If you are not able to provide the above information, you MUST report the collision to a police officer or at a police station in person.

This must be done as soon as reasonably practicable and in any case within 24 hours of the collision. In addition, you should: ensure the safety of yourself and others

if necessary, warn other traffic without putting yourself in danger ensure the police, fire and ambulance services are called to attend the scene if they are required or if anyone else present feels able to assist, treat any injured person or animal

obtain the details of any witnesses note and record the positions of the vehicles Do the police attend every collision?

No. The police do not routinely attend collisions which do not involve injury. They will only attend those non injury collisions where there is a clear, specific purpose for doing so.

If police do not attend there will be no further details recorded about your collision, and no police investigation will take place. Contact your insurers to progress a claim.

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What is the role of the police at a road traffic collision? Devon & Cornwall Police will only record details and carry out initial investigations in the following circumstances:

where a person is killed or injured where one or more drivers have failed to stop where the police officer considers there is sufficient evidence to support a prosecution of one or more parties

where a vehicle defect has significantly contributed to the collision The police have up to six months to investigate and bring criminal proceedings for offences relating to a road traffic collision. What happens if the police record my collision

Collision reports are made by police if a driver does not stop, or does not exchange details, if someone is injured in the collision, or where criminal proceedings may be considered against one or more of the drivers involved.

An Evidence Reviewer within the Collisions and Ticket Section or a Police Officer will be allocated to investigate your collision, collect all available evidence and establish whether or not any offences have been committed.

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