Police have launched an appeal for witnesses in the wake of a serious collision this morning (Friday) which closed the North Devon Link Road for six hours.

Two people were airlifted to Derriford Hospital with serious injuries after the single vehicle collision on the A361 at Knowstone, South Molton.

The silver Jaguar X-Type left the carriageway at approximately 6.45am this morning and came to rest in a ditch.

A 42-year-old lady, a 49-year-old man and a seven-year-old boy all from Kettering were injured in the collision.

An update from police this afternoon said: “The man and woman sustained received serious injuries and were airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth where they are undergoing surgery.

“The child sustained very minor injuries and is currently at Derriford Hospital being treated for shock.”

“Police would like to thank the members of the public for their patience whilst we investigated the scene.”

Police are asking any witnesses including anyone with dashcam footage that could help investigations, to email 101@dc.police.uk quoting log 132 for the 6 July.

Fire crews from South Molton and Tiverton, and a heavy rescue vehicle from Middlemoor, Exeter were called to the collision.

A statement from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: “Upon arrival they confirmed one car was within a ditch off the highway. One child was released from the car by an onlooker prior to the arrival of the emergency services.

“Two adults were extricated from the vehicle using hydraulic rescue equipment, a reciprocating saw and small tools.”

The A361 reopened shortly after 1pm.