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UPDATE: Three people die in fatal crash

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2:34pm 10th July 2017
(Updated 2:34pm 10th July 2017)

Three people have died after a fatal pile-up in south-east Cornwall.

 

Nine others are injured after five vehicles hit on the A38 near Landrake on Sunday morning.

Police, paramedics and firefighters all got the shout just after 11am.

A woman and a child from the same car, and a male pedestrian, were all pronounced dead at the scene.

Another child was airlifted to Bristol Children's Hospital with potentially serious head injuries.

Six other people were taken to Derriford and two others were treated by ambulance crews.

The road was shut for hours while investigations of the scene took place.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Police, fire and ambulance crews were called at 11.15am following the collision involving five cars between Tideford and Landrake.

 

"A woman and a child from one car sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene. A second child from the car sustained potentially serious head injuries and was airlifted by air ambulance to Bristol Children’s Hospital. His injuries are not believed life-threatening at this time.

"A male pedestrian also sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene.

"Six further people were taken to Derriford Hospital with injuries which are not believed to be serious and two others were treated at the scene by ambulance.

"The A38 remains closed in both directions at Trerulefoot and St Germans while officers carry out an examination of the scene and the vehicles are recovered.

"The road is expected to remain shut for some time so police are asking motorists to avoid the area for the time being. Diversions are in place via the A388."

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Officers are appealing for any witnesses to the collision to contact them via 101@dc.police.uk or by phone on 101, quoting log number 478 of 09/07/17.

Saltash PCSO Kirsty Down has paid tribute to those affected.

On Facebook she wrote: "The A38 is *NOW OPEN* again following a serious collision this morning.

"I would like to thank everyone for their patience in this matter, and also to local residents that offered to help & offered water to people stuck in the tailbacks. 

"I understand the closure of a major road can be frustrating, however I'm sure you'll understand the lengthy investigations that now need to take place.

"My thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones today, and wishing a speedy recovery to those injured. 

"Hold your loved ones close tonight, I know I will."

2:34pm 10th July 2017

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