Teenage driver critically injured in link road crash

Road shut for several hours following tea-time collision.

A TEENAGER is in a critical condition in hospital following a car crash on the A361 North Devon Link Road yesterday evening (Thursday).

The 18-year-old local man was driving a silver Renault Clio when it collided with a white VW Transporter van between Aller Cross and West Buckland shortly before 6pm.

The van driver was also taken to North Devon District Hospital with a possible fractured sternum and whiplash injuries.

An off duty special constable stopped to assist and managed to put out a small fire in the Renault with a hand held fire extinguisher.

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An eyewitness travelling two cars behind the incident told the Gazette: “All I saw was flying debris in front of me and we all skidded to a halt.

“I went over to see if everyone was alright or if they needed help but there were a few people there already helping.

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“The police arrived very quickly as did the fire brigade and ambulance.”

The road was closed for seven-and-a-half hours while collision investigators completed their investigation and local diversions were put in place.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact them on 101 quoting reference 611 070612.

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