Updated: Man still in intensive care after Kings Nympton collision

Railway line closed and two airlifted to hospital after collision on the A377 yesterday.

TWO people were airlifted to hospital yesterday (Sun) after a two vehicle collision left a car wedged down a steep embankment over a railway line.

The collision occurred between a silver Peugeot 307 registered to Chulmleigh and a silver Citroen Picasso registered to Umberleigh on the A377 at Kings Nympton between Fortescue Cross and Chulmleigh around 3pm.

The Citroen ended up wedged down a steep embankment about 20ft above the railway line.

Police said the embankment was so steep officers could not walk to the car.


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The driver was airlifted to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital with two broken kneecaps and a broken elbow.

His wife was described as ‘walking wounded’ and was taken to North Devon District Hospital.

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The 74-year-old driver of the Peugeot was also airlifted to the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital with fractures and a serious leg injury.

Fire crews from Chulmleigh and South Molton had to cut the man from his car and today (Mon) he is currently in intensive care.

An 84-year-old woman in the car with him was taken to the same hospital by land ambulance with cuts and bruises.

It was reported there was a lot of surface water on the A377 at the time of the crash but the cause of the collision is not yet known.

The crash caused disruption to rail services between Barnstaple and Exeter as the line was closed from 3.25pm.

At 10.50pm the live rail track was closed to allow the safe recovery of the Citroen.

The road and railway track were both reopened at around 1.30am today.

Police are currently appealing for witnesses and anyone with any information is asked to call the Plymouth Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting log 535 of October 28, 2012.

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