Updated: Road cleared after van overturns between Merton and Torrington
- Credit: Archant
The male driver was taken to hospital with back pain as fire fighters cleared ‘hazardous’ chemicals from the vehicle.
THE A386 between Brandis Corner and Chapel Cross near Merton was closed this morning (Mon) after a van which has overturned and became embedded in the bank.
Police, fire and ambulance services were called to the scene at 6.55am after the white Vauxhall Vivaro van, believed to be a Rentokil vehicle, ended up on its side.
The male driver was free of the vehicle by the time emergency services arrived, but was taken to North Devon District Hospital with back pain.
The van was carrying caustic soda – a hazardous chemical – and fire crews from Hatherleigh and Torrington were scrambled to the scene.
You may also want to watch:
It was feared the chemicals could leak as the vehicle was righted but fire fighters entered the back of van using hydraulic cutting equipment to investigate.
A police spokesman confirmed the chemicals were found to be secure and were removed from the van safely.
- 1 One of Bideford's oldest tea rooms sold at auction
- 2 £34,000 raised for plumber Jed Mason with stage four cancer in less than 48 hours
- 3 New details on Barnstaple town centre regeneration revealed
- 4 Barnstaple dealer says £3,100 stash in loft was poor quality
- 5 Brunswick Wharf developer given grant money to fix quay wall
- 6 Opening of new nature reserve in Lynton
- 7 Clubber denies headbutt assault in Barnstaple
- 8 North Devon's largest private employer needs workers to expand
- 9 Homeless man jailed after attacking Barnstaple soldier in McDonald's
- 10 Celebrations as gate to Pilton's Manning's Pit officially opened
The road opened at 10.50am after fire fighters helped to right the vehicle.