Man dies after falling tree hits car in Devon

A384 at Buckfastleigh
Image caption The falling tree killed a 50-year-old driver on the A384 in Buckfastleigh, Devon

A man has been killed and a woman injured by a large tree that was blown over, hitting a car.

The 50-year-old man's Alfa Romeo was hit by the tree on the A384 in Buckfastleigh, Devon, at about 05:30 GMT and a woman in her 20s suffered minor injuries after crashing into it.

A lorry driver used his HGV to block the road and prevent further injuries before 999 teams arrived.

An "extensive and lengthy operation" to remove the tree has begun, police said.

Image caption Sgt Olly Tayler said there would be an "extensive and lengthy operation" to remove the tree due to its size

The tree came down near the Dartbridge Inn and the road has been shut between the A38 Dartbridge junction and the Dartington roundabout.

The woman, from Buckfastleigh, was eventually cut free from the wreckage of her Hyundai and taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

The man who died is from Totnes, police said.

Image caption Police believe the second car crashed into the fallen tree

"At this time we believe that the second vehicle has come along after the tree has fallen and has actually driven into the tree, having not seen it until the last second," Sgt Olly Tayler said.

The force thanked those who stopped to help before officers, firefighters and paramedics arrived.

"We are grateful to members of the public for their assistance prior to the arrival of emergency services," a police spokesman said.

The road is expected to remain closed for the rest of the day.

Drivers have been advised to avoid the area.

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