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Tributes paid to 'much loved' 22-year-old who died on A38

Tom Demaine, from Saltash, was described as having a "wicked sense of humour". Credit: Family

A family have paid tribute to a 22-year-old who died in a car crash on the A38 on September 16.

Tom Demaine, from Saltash, was described as "the most generous, kind, intelligent and funny young man" by his family.

Tom was a very special person to many more than just his family. Over his very short 22 years he touched so many people - young and old.

He was much loved here and remembered for his wicked sense of humour, including the way he played the cymbals – with great verve and rhythm.

– Tom's family

Tom studied Biomedical Sciences at Plymouth University and was a keen sailor. He sadly died after his Ford Focus crashed off the road and into trees on the A38 at Chudleigh shortly after 12.15am.

Problems on the A38 in Kingsteignton

The A38 northbound is closed between Chudleigh Knighton and Kingsteignton due to a serious collision.

Emergency services were called at 3.45am after a Ford Transit van hit a tree near to the Chedleigh turn off.

Three men have been taken to hospital following the crash, with one described as sustaining serious injuries. It is believed six dogs, who were in the back of the van escaped, but have now been rounded up and are being cared for at a nearby kennels.


£10m to repair new A38 bypass near Dobwalls

£10m to repair new A38 bypass near Dobwalls Credit: ITV West Country

It's been revealed that part of the new bypass A38 near Dobwalls in Cornwall has to be repaired - at a cost of more than £10 million.

It was only six years ago that work on three mile stretch was completed, costing more than £50 million. But now the Highways Agency says safety improvements are necessary because of problems with surface water and the risk of ice forming when the temperature drops. Work will begin next month.

Fatal crash on A38 at Saltash

A man was killed after his car crashed into a trailer near Saltash Credit: ITV News

A man's been killed after his car ploughed into a stationary trailer in Cornwall.

The man was the only occupant of the car which struck the trailer on the A38 near the Carkeel roundabout at Saltash, east Cornwall, on Saturday morning.

He was pronounced dead at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital.

It's the second fatal accident in the region in two days after a 58 year old local cyclist was killed on the A38 at Lee Mill, Devon, on Friday morning. He was hit by a lorry.

A stretch of the A38 at Saltash is expected to be closed for much of the day.

A38 near Plymouth will be closed for most of the day

Diversions are in place on the A38 after a serious accident Credit: ITV News

A stretch of the A38 in South East Cornwall is expected to remain closed all day after a serious accident.

The crash happened between the Carkeel Roundabout and Liskeard Road, in Saltash.

A lorry is understood to have been involved in the accident, which happened shortly before 7.30am today. One person has been taken to hospital.

One person has been taken to hospital following the accident Credit: ITV News

Diversions are in place and drivers are being asked to use the A388 between Carkeel and Stoketon Cross.


Huge investment announced in the South West

The Deputy Prime Minister will be in Cornwall today to announce details of a £200 million investment scheme in the South West.

The money from the Growth Deals initiative will spent by local enterprise projects on schemes as wide as investment in training at the new Hinkley Point power station in Somerset and improvements to the A38.

Multi-vehicle accident in Plymouth

At least one person has been seriously injured in a multi-vehicle accident on the A38 in Plymouth. It happend on the Exeter bound carriageway of the A38 between Manadon and Marsh Mills. Police say there were freezing conditions in the area at the time.

A man is being treated at Derriford Hospital and is said to be in a critical condition.

Accident, A38 in Plymouth Credit: ITV News West Country

There were a total of five collisions, involving ten vehicles. The road is expected to be closed until 1300 hours.