A mother and her two 12-year-old children died in a collision on the North Devon Link Road, which was witnessed by her husband and child from the car in front.

A mother and her two 12-year-old twins died in a collision on the North Devon Link Road yesterday (Monday).

A 43-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene, near Landkey Junction, which happened at around 8.25am.

Her 12-year-old daughter was pronounced dead on arrival at North Devon District Hospital. Her 12-year-old son was taken to hospital by air ambulance but died shortly after his arrival.

The woman's husband, the stepfather of the two children, was travelling in the vehicle in front with their 14-year-old son, and witnessed the collision.

The family were from the Milton Keynes area and were understood to have been on holiday in Devon.

The white Kia Sportage was travelling towards Barnstaple when it was involved in the collision with a lorry travelling in the opposite direction.

The road was closed for nine hours while officers from Exeter serious collision investigation unit examined the scene.

North Devon MP, Peter-Heaton-Jones, has praised emergency services for their work during the collision, and said the fight for safety improvements to the road must be 'redoubled'.

Anyone who with information regarding the collision is asked to contact police by email on 101@dc.police.uk or call 101 quoting 0125 of July 31.