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Teenager comes to the rescue of stricken lorry driver

The lorry on its side after having rolled into a field at Shirwell Credit: Barry Pope

A teenager and his father have helped save a man whose lorry tipped over and rolled into a field near Barnstaple earlier today.

This is what Barry Pope from Bath had to say. He, together with his son Cameron came to the aid of the driver.

I was first on top of the lorry followed by Cameron.

The driver was stuck by the steering wheel so it took me and another guy to free him and get him out.

Cameron was a great help as some drivers didn't even stop to help. I had to hang around for about a hour to give statement etc so late for lunch!

Driver taken to hospital in Barnstaple for routine checks but hopefully will be ok.

– Barry Pope
Another shot of the crashed lorry showing the path it travelled Credit: Barry Pope

The A39 at Shirwell near Barnstaple has been closed for much of the afternoon after the crash.

The driver of the HGV was taken to hospital but eyewitnesses said he appeared not seriously hurt.

The vehicle is believed to have been carrying bagged animal feed.

Watch: Our film of the lorry once the rescue vehicle had arrived:

£6 million funding for Cornwall's A39 at Trispen

More than £6 million worth of funding has been announced this week to renew the A39 at Trispen.

The 8km route between Truro and Carland Cross carries around 13,000 vehicles a day.

The A39 is a key arterial route connecting the north side of Truro with the A30

Now the route is to be resurfaced, safety fences will be added, and the draining system will be refurbished. There will also be new provision for cyclists along the route.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin confirmed the upgrade would go ahead after his visit to Cornwall yesterday. The Department of Transport will provide £5.22 million towards the scheme, with Cornwall Council putting in a further £1.1 million.

The work will start later this year and should be finished by March 2016.

Cornwall Council have welcomed the confirmation of the new funds, but say a long term maintenance programme is needed:

Maintenance is a constant and complex challenge, a capital scheme such as this will secure an important improvement.

However, I remain anxious that the new government must realise the need for more revenue funding to support the long term planned maintenance programme.

– Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council cabinet member for transport

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Man dies after collision near Truro

A man in his twenties has died after his car left the road and hit a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His family have been informed.

The crash happened at Perranarworthal on the A39 near Truro.

The Truro-bound carriageway of the A39 remains closed while officers carry out a forensic examination of the scene. Drivers are asked to find an alternative route.

A39 near Bideford closed after lorry overturns

There's been a serious collision between a car and a log-carrying lorry on the A39 near Bideford in North Devon.

The lorry has overturned, shedding its load of logs across the carriage way.

Police and other emergency services are at the scene. Paramedics treated the car driver at the scene and he has been taken to North Devon District Hospital with potentially life threatening injuries.

The road closed has been closed at Westleigh and Roundswell, and is expected to remain closed for most of the day.

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More pictures from the blocked A39 over Exmoor

A snowplough on the A39 on Exmoor Credit: ITV News/David Woodland

The road is currently blocked between Porlock Hill and the turning for Brendon 6 miles towards Lynmouth. High winds have created snowdrifts over 6 feet high and snowploughs equipped with blowers are working to clear the road. The temperature this afternoon was 3c at Porlock.

The road is still closed because of snowdrifts Credit: ITV News/David Woodland

Snowploughs battling to clear A39 snow in high winds

A snowplough on the A39 on Exmoor Credit: ITV News/David Woodland

Our reporter David Woodland is out on the A39 over Exmoor and has just sent this picture. The road is still partially closed from the top of Porlock Hill to the turning for Oare, as high winds have created snowdrifts up to 6 feet deep. Snowploughs have been at work all afternoon.

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