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Breaking news: Van blown onto car on Bideford bridge

11:33 12 February 2014

Severe gales have blown a light goods vehicle onto a car on the Torridge Bridge in Bideford. Picture by Graham Hobbs

Severe gales have blown a light goods vehicle onto a car on the Torridge Bridge in Bideford. Picture by Graham Hobbs

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PHOTOS AND VIDEO: Police close bridge as severe gales hit North Devon.

Severe gales have blown a light goods vehicle onto a car on the Torridge Bridge in Bideford. Picture by Sue Spear/Karen BurnellSevere gales have blown a light goods vehicle onto a car on the Torridge Bridge in Bideford. Picture by Sue Spear/Karen Burnell

Update 2.45pm: The bridge remains closed to high-sided vehicles but is open to all other traffic.

SEVERE gales have blown a removals van onto a car on the Torridge Bridge in Bideford.

Police have closed the bridge and part of the A39 following the incident, which happened at around 10.35am today (Wednesday).

The incident on Bideford Bridge this morning.The incident on Bideford Bridge this morning.

Emergency services are currently at the scene tending to what police have described as three ‘walking wounded’.

The front of green Ford Fiesta, registered to an address in Barnstaple, has been badly damaged in the collision with the high-sided VW LT35 light goods vehicle, registered to Crediton.

Warnings for severe gales and potential flooding have been issued for the North Devon area today. The Met Office has issued an amber warning for the South West, with forecast southerly gales with gusts of 60 to 70 mph.

Police say the bridge will not be reopened until winds have dropped and the road cleared.

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2 comments

  • Is it a Heavy Goods Vehicle or is it a Van?That is the question.A picture speaks a thousand words.Try Light Goods vehicle (L.G.V.)

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    trevor balment

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • You're welcome.

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    trevor balment

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

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