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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...

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.

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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.

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