Devon

Torquay trucker killed in A-road smash

Haldon Hill
Image caption Both lanes of the dual carriageway remain closed for several hours

A lorry driver has died and a van driver is critically ill after two crashes on the A38 near Exeter.

The 32-year-old trucker from Torquay came off the Plymouth-bound carriageway and careered into the hard shoulder of the Exeter-bound lane said police.

About an hour later 37-year-old van driver Paul Cioffi from Ivybridge collided with the back of a truck in the Exeter-bound-lane at Haldon Hill.

He has been airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

Police said the first crash happened at about 06:00 BST and traffic backed up from it may have led to the second crash.

Both lanes of the dual carriageway remain closed for several hours.

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Image caption Traffic backed up from the first crash may have led to the second, said officers
Image caption A 37-year-old van driver has been airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth

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