Appeal for witnesses after six are badly injured in South Devon road crashes

POLICE across South Devon are appealing for witnesses to two separate crashes in which six people were seriously injured.

Five people in one car were seriously injured in a crash on the A380 between Newton Abbot and Exeter at Mamhead Cross.

The following morning a 23-year-old woman was airlifted to hospital with ‘life-changing’ injuries after the other crash near the Sportsmans Arms on the Halwell to Dartmouth road.

The A380 crash happened around 10.30pm on Tuesday May 11, and no other vehicle was involved apart from the maroon Peugeot 207 in which five occupants were seriously injured.

The car was heading towards Newton Abbot.

Five occupants were taken to Torbay, Derriford and the Royal Devon & Exeter hospitals for treatment, and the road was partially closed while forensic work was undertaken and the vehicle recovered.

Police say they would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision, or was in the area at the time and saw the vehicle prior to the incident, as well as motorists with relevant dashcam footage.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or via email at [email protected][1] and quote log 997, 11/5/21.

The other crash happened near the Sportsmans Arms on the outskirts of Dartmouth at 9.30am on Wednesday May 12.

The collision involved a DAF 18-tonne lorry and a blue Ford Fiesta, and the driver of the Ford Fiesta, a 23-year-old woman, was flown by air ambulance to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

She was cut free from her car and was being treated for ‘life-changing injuries’, while the lorry driver sustained minor injuries.

Local police and the Alliance Roads Policing Team were sent to the scene and the road was closed for six hours while an investigation was conducted.

A police spokesman said they wanted to thank the public for their patience.

Officers say they would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or was in the area at the time and has dashcam footage of the vehicles prior to the incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police on 101 or via email at [email protected][2] quoting log 206, 12/5/21.

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Woman airlifted after crash with lorry

Collision near Dartmouth on Wednesday

A serious crash involving a car and a lorry near Dartmouth has left a young woman with life-changing injuries.

The driver of a DAF 18-tonne lorry has minor injuries, but the person at the wheel of a blue Ford Fiesta, a woman in her twenties is being treated at Derriford Hospital after being flown there by Devon Air Ambulance.

Fire crews from Dartmouth and Totnes along with a heavy rescue unit from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue’s Middlemoor base helped at the scene, where the woman was trapped in her car. 

The road was closed for six hours while an investigation was conducted and police have thanked the public for their patience.

Police are now asking for witnesses to the collision on the A3122 at Dartmouth on Wednesday around 9.30am, or anyone with dashcam footage before it, to get in touch on 101 or email [email protected] quoting log 206 of 12 May.

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Bradley Tyas was fatally injured during the smash on the A60 near Belph after hitting the water at “excess speed” and spinning into an approaching LGV lorry.

Paramedics pronounced Bradley – who had become a father just seven weeks before – dead at the scene on January 21 around 6am.

The new father – described as “the kindest, most loving person” – by family had been travelling to work when he collided with the truck.

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An inquest into his death was told today that a police collision investigator found Bradley’s seatbelt fully retracted and locked – indicating it was not worn at the time of the crash.

Police said footage from CCTV at the Welbeck Estate indicated Bradley was travelling at between 69mph and 83mph on the 50mph road.

While a runner nearby to the scene on the morning of the crash told the inquest in a written statement he saw Bradley’s A3 travelling “ridiculously fast” moments before.

Assistant coroner Susan Evans told the Chesterfield inquest evidence from forensic collision investigator PC Matthew Lacey showed Bradley was travelling “in excess of the speed limit”.

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Heavy rain the previous day had caused surrounding fields to become “saturated” – creating a pool of water either side of the road at the scene of the collision.

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As Bradley’s A3 – travelling north towards Worksop – hit the pool aquaplaned and “rotated” into the path of the oncoming DAF lorry travelling in the opposite direction.

PC Lacey said in his evidence the maximum safe speed to hit the body of water would have been 60mph.

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He added that a vehicle travelling at 50mph or below could have passed through the water safely however Bradley was “travelling in excess of the speed limit” at the time of the accident.

Bradley’s partner Beth Richardson told in a written statement that on the morning of the accident he was running a few minutes late for work.

However she said: “Whenever I was in the car with Brad I would feel safe and at no point have I ever been scared of Brad’s driving.

“He liked cars and it was maintained to a very good standard – if things needed fixing he would get them done.”

Concluding the inquest Miss Evans said: “When (Bradley) drove into the standing water the excessive speed forced his car to aquaplane.”

Ms Evans added that although Bradley was not wearing a seatbelt a the time of the crash “the level of damage to his vehicle was such that it may not have made any difference to the outcome.”

Miss Evans concluded that Bradley died as a result of a road traffic collision.

In the days that followed Bradley’s death in January his family described him as: “The kindest, most loving person, who could light up a room with his energy and smile and his contagious laugh.”

They added: “He had a massive character, full of life, charming and funny.

“He leaves behind his beloved fiance, son, his mum and stepdad, his dad, and two devoted sisters.”

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