Van driver critical after head-on collision with car
One man was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition and another was taken for treatment by land ambulance after a head-on collision in Devon.
The crash, outside Newton Abbot, left the two drivers trapped in their vehicles and forced the closure of a main road in both directions for more than six hours after fuel leaked onto the carriageway.
A Ford Fiesta and a Ford Escort van collided on the A382 between the Trago Mills roundabout and the Vauxhall garage at around 9.30am on Friday. The van driver, a man in his late fifties from the area, was cut free and transported to Derriford hospital in Plymouth after suffering life-threatening injuries.
The Fiesta driver, a 37-year-old man from the Plymouth area, was taken by road to nearby Torbay hospital.
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Yesterday afternoon a spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police said the elder man remained "very poorly" in intensive care and appealed for witnesses.
"One man was seriously injured and had to be extracted by fire crews before being whisked to Derriford hospital," the spokesman added.
"We ask that anyone who saw either of the two vehicles in the vicinity or just prior to the collision contact us, quoting log number 185/July 29."
Fire appliances from Newton Abbot and Bovey Tracey were mobilised to the scene, outside Stover School in Stover.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: "Crews freed the drivers using three sets of hydraulic cutting equipment."
In a separate incident, also in Devon, a fire appliance from Cullompton was called to junction 27 of the M5 after a collision involving a motorbike.
Crews attended the scene, at Sampford Peverell, and used an environmental pack to soak up fuel which had leaked onto the highway.
No-one was said to have been injured in the incident.