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Double fatal collision: police appeal for witnesses

The A38 near Winscombe where the collision took place. Credit: Google Streetview

Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision in Somerset which left two people dead and third person with life-threatening injuries.

The collision took place on the A38 near Winscombe in North Somerset just before 6pm on Monday June 5 when a silver Mitsubishi Outlander and a blue Vauxhall Mokka came together on a bend in the road.

The passenger in the Vauxhall - a woman aged 50 - died in the collision while the driver, 54, also died later in hospital.

The driver of the Mitsubishi remains in a serious condition in hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries.

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Works start on the A38 to improve safety

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Work is starting on a £250,000 scheme to improve safety along a stretch of the A38 near Exeter.

Highways England is installing average speed checks along the stretch at Splatford Split where the road merges with the A380.

The road saw an average of one accident a month between 2009 and 2014.

The move has been supported by Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon County Council. There will be two weeks of overnight closures.

TRAVEL: Car hits central reservation blocking A38 northbound

Motorists hoping to get an early start on the Bank Holiday are being warned to avoid the A38 near Splatford Split.

The usually busy road is blocked with 11 miles of queuing traffic after a smash which saw a car collide with the central reservation.

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The incident involved one car, which crashed into the central reservation on the A38 northbound.

The collision is said to be affecting journeys heading towards Exeter and the M5.

Diversions in place along the A38

Traffic is queuing as parts of the A38 are closed Credit: ITV West Country

While investigations continue on the A38 at Haldon Hill, near Chudleigh, police are urging drivers to follow these diversions:

  • Eastbound traffic is asked to follow the solid black diamond diversion symbols.
  • Westbound traffic to asked to follow the solid black circle diversion symbols.
  • Large vehicles are being advised to divert via A382 and A380 via Newton Abbot and Splatford Split.
Diversions are in place while investigations are carried out on the A38 Credit: ITV News West Country

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Traffic chaos outside Plymouth after oil spillage causes major delays

There's been traffic chaos on the A38 near Plymouth this evening after a large oil spill closed both lanes on the Northbound.

Police are working hard to clear the spillage - which is 500m long.

The delays have caused lots of frustration for commuters, with people taking to social media to vent:

Tree-mendous effort can't put dampener on festive spirit

Wind and rain weren't a problem for this committed festive-bringer Credit: Nik Dodd

We've heard of people going to great lengths this Christmas, but it seems nothing was going to stop this man from bringing the festivities home.

And, you could forgive this man if his spirit was a little dampened after his experience.

With rain pouring down the committed reveller was captured driving along the A38 complete with his oversized tree - too big to fit in the boot - and causing him to keep the top down.

The footage was captured by Nik Dodd and, after putting it on Facebook, was quickly shared around the internet.

The driver didn't look impressed as the rain and wind battered the blue Saab, soaking the driver through.

Let's just hope his family appreciated the effort...

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