Pensioner seriously hurt in A38 smash
A PENSIONER was in a serious condition in hospital last night following a crash involving a fully-loaded recycling lorry on the A38.
Firefighters had to cut the elderly man, believed to be in his 80s, free from his car. He was taken to hospital with serious neck injuries.
The horror crash unfolded shortly before 1.50pm when a Mercedes HGV was involved in a collision with a red Rover 420i car on the A38 near the Manadon flyover.
The accident occurred on the eastbound carriageway.
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The road was partially closed while road crash investigators tried to establish what happened.
Eyewitnesses say crews had to cut the roof from the Rover. The elderly man was the only person in the car. Three fire crews were joined by at least two ambulances at the scene of the smash, onlookers said.
A police spokesman described the HGV driver as "walking wounded".
Another HGV narrowly missed crashing into the car and lorry, coming to rest at a 45 degree angle.
Massive tailbacks stretched as far as the St Budeaux off-slip and diversions were in place. Lane one of the stretch was re-opened at around 4.10pm.
A police spokeswoman said the injured man had suffered a "significant neck injury" in the smash. Last night, he was expected to undergo an operation.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact them on 101 quoting log 0329.