Three people have died and nine people left injured following a multiple vehicle collision on the A38 near Landrake yesterday (Sunday 9 July).

All three emergency crews were called at 11:15am following the crash involving five cars between Tideford and Landrake.

A 32-year-old woman from Saltash and her six-year-old son sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Her younger son, a four-year-old boy, sustained potentially serious head injuries and was airlifted by air ambulance to Bristol Children’s Hospital. He remains in hospital and his condition is improving.

A pedestrian, a 53-year-old man from Plymouth, also sustained fatal injuries after being struck by a vehicle and he died at the scene.

Six further people were taken to Derriford Hospital with injuries which were not believed to be serious and two others were treated at the scene by ambulance.

Only these road markings remain from the tragedy. Credit: ITV West Country

Inspector Richard McLellan described what is understood to have happened:

Initially three vehicles were involved in the main collision. Subsequently two of those went on to strike two further vehicles although the persons in those have only suffered minor injuries, fortunately. So three main vehicles and two others subsequently, five vehicles in total, quite a chaotic scene as you can imagine.

Insp RICHARD McLELLAN, Devon and Cornwall Police

The A38 was closed in both directions until around 7.50pm while officers examined the scene.

Insp McLellan says that eyewitness reports will be key to finding out exactly what happened and it will be some weeks before police have all the facts. In the meantime, officers are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to get in touch:

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  • Ring 101, quoting log number 478 of 09/07/17