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Warning to drivers after crash leaves man seriously injured

Warning to drivers after crash leaves man seriously injured

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:10pm 28th November 2019. (Updated at 2:21pm 28th November 2019)

Firefighters have put out a warning after a serious crash in Cornwall that has left a man with life-threatening injuries.

The 46-year-old passenger was trapped after three vehicles hit on the Probus bypass on Wednesday morning.

The A390, between Truro and St Austell, was closed for several hours.

Police want to trace the driver of a white car seen next to the lay-by at the time. They believe the person may have seen what happened.

Anyone with dashcam footage from the incident, just after 9am, is also being urged to come forward.

Now Tolvaddon Community Fire Station is urging drivers to take care during the winter conditions on the Duchy's roads.

They are reminding people to consider things such as stopping distances, surface water and tyre pressures.

Probus crash A390

Advice for winter and wet weather driving:

Vehicle condition:

  • In winter it is even more important to check that your vehicle is well maintained and serviced.
  • Keep your lights, windows and mirrors clean and free from ice and snow.
  • Keep your battery fully charged.
  • Add anti-freeze to the radiator and winter additive to the windscreen washer bottles.
  • Make sure wipers and lights are in good working order.
  • Check tyres have plenty of tread depth and are maintained at the right pressure.

Adjust your driving to the conditions:

  • Hail, heavy snow and rain reduce visibility.
  • Use dipped headlights and reduce your speed.

Driving in heavy rain and floods:

  • Double the distance you leave between your car and the car in front of you, to account for greater stopping distances.
  • Use dipped headlights so that other drivers can see you more easily.
  • Driving too fast through standing water could lead to tyres losing contact with the road.  If your steering suddenly feels light you could be aquaplaning. To regain grip, ease off the accelerator, do not brake and allow your speed to reduce until you gain full control of the steering again.
  • Be considerate to other road users and try not to spray pedestrians and cyclists as you drive through water.
  • Look out for large or fast-moving vehicles creating spray which reduces visibility.

You can find more advice here.

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