Coroner rules prison van crash in Cornwall 'accidental'

Traffic on A30 following the crash
Image caption The fatal crash caused major traffic jams on the A30 as the road was closed for almost seven hours

A collision between a car and a prison van in Cornwall which left a 78-year-old man dead was the result of an accident, a coroner has ruled.

Edward Hosken, of Liskeard, died at the scene on the A30 at Bolventor last August, the inquest in Truro was told.

An 18-year-old male prisoner in the van suffered a broken nose but the two guards with him were uninjured.

Barrie van den Berg, assistant deputy Cornwall Coroner, recorded a verdict of accidental death.

The inquest, on Tuesday, concluded that Mr Hosken drove his Peugeot across the A30 when he was struck by a truck.

The crash, which happened on 29 August, led to the A30 being closed in both directions for almost seven hours and resulted in long tailbacks.

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