Restrictions on one of Exeter’s busiest roads have finally lifted following a serious crash earlier today.
The incident, which involved a lorry, a moped and a car, saw Topsham Road closed in both directions at 11am today.
A 66-year-old man suffered ‘extensive injuries’ in the crash.
It was one of two shocking accidents which have seen traffic in and around the city grind to a halt.
The other happened on the A376 at Clyst St George, with a car and lorry involved a little more than an hour after the Topsham Road incident.
The road remained closed for much of the day, but reopened shortly before 7pm.
Police confirmed that a ‘three-vehicle collision’ took place on Topsham Road at 11am today.
A Volvo HGV, a Neco Alex-One moped and a Skoda Yeti were the vehicles involved.
The police, ambulance service and fire brigade all attended, and at least one air ambulance was also on the scene.
Pictures taken from the crash site showed a badly damaged moped and debris scattered around the area.
A police statement said: “”Police are appealing for information after a motorcyclist sustained serious injuries following a three-vehicle collision on Topsham Road, Exeter, at 11am this morning, Thursday 22 April,” a police statement said.
“The incident occurred at the junction to Barrack Road and involved a Volvo HGV, a Neco Alex-One moped and a Skoda Yeti.
“South West Ambulance Service, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue and Devon and Cornwall Police attended and the rider of the moped, a 66-year-old man, was taken to Derriford Hospital with extensive injuries including broken ribs and a collapsed lung.
“Topsham Road, at Barrack Road, has been closed in both directions while officers conduct an examination of the scene. Witnesses of the incident are asked to contact police on 101 or via email at email@example.com and quote log number 278, 22/4/21.”
As of 8.30pm, the road remains partially blocked as investigative and clear-up work continues.
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A car and a lorry were involved in an incident at around 12.20pm on the A376 at Clyst St George.
The road was closed in both directions and major delays were reported between Exeter and Exmouth – despite diversions being set up around Woodbury, where heavy traffic was also reported..
The road only reopened shortly before 7pm.
It was compounded by a broken-down coach on the A376 Sidmouth Road at junction 30 on the M5.
The fire service released the following statement on the crash.
A spokesperson said: “Request from Ambulance to assist them at the above location to reports of an incident.
“One fire engine from Clyst St George and 1 from Exmouth attended.
“On arrival, crews confirmed this to be a road traffic collision involving one car and one light goods vehicle.
“One male casualty had been released by Ambulance crews prior to Fire Crews arriving. 1 female casualty was released from the vehicle using hydraulic tools and both were conveyed to hospital by Ambulance.”