Elderly driver taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after crash
AN ELDERLY driver was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a crash which closed a major road for more than nine hours.
The 82-year-old man had to be cut free from a Ford Focus on a steep bank next to the A386 between Plymouth and Yelverton.
The Focus and Fiat Panda collided near the Crapstone turn at about 1pm on Saturday.
Police closed the road to investigate the crash until about 10.20pm, causing major delays for drivers using the busy route.
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Four people were taken to hospital, but only the elderly male was seriously injured.
A police spokesman described the others as "walking wounded".
Two fire crews used hydraulic equipment to cut the roof from the Focus.
Watch commander Peter Tobin, who headed firefighters from Plympton and Yelverton, said: "It was quite a difficult rescue.
"One car stayed on the road, the other went a few metres over a bank and hit a tree on a 30-degree slope."
He added the elderly male, who was conscious throughout, was fitted with a neck brace and spinal collar during the rescue.
Mr Tobin said: "From a fire safety point of view, it all went smoothly. All three emergency services worked closely together."
Traffic was diverted through the nearby airfield, causing major delays.