Police say that mud on the road was reported as being a contributing factor in two near-identical collisions on the A3124 near Beaford on Saturday afternoon.BMW drivers travelling towards Torrington both reported hitting mud patches before crashing. A 5 Series rolled off the road and into a hedge at around 12.15pm. There were no injuries but the occupants, two adults and three children, attended North Devon District Hospital as a precaution. Then at 3.30pm, a 3 Series skidded off the same section of road and hit a post. The 19-year-old driver and three young passengers reported minor bruising caused by seatbelts. Last week, the Gazette reported that there had been a 24 per cent increase in collisions near Torrington where mud had been recorded as a contributing factor.