Weather Warning: Crashes on A38 and Plymouth roads as rain batters city
One lane of the A38 was closed near Plymouth after two accidents this morning.
Traffic also queued on the A386 after a crash near the Plymouth City Airport.
And roads near the A38 in Saltash saw delays after a fuel spill from a tanker.
Part of the A38 was closed eastbound between the B3213 junction in Ivybridge and the A3121 junction in Ugborough.
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Police say the road was closed after two accidents, and to enable recovery work.
The route was closed at 9am and reopened in less than an hour. Police said there was a lot of surface water on the road.
A silver Peugeot saloon had slipped on surface water before colliding with the central reservation.
A following a white Peugeot van steered sharply to avoid the saloon, ending up on the hard shoulder.
No-one was badly injured, but police said the female driver of the saloon was treated by paramedics at the scene for suspected whiplash.
As traffic backed up while officers attempted to clear the road, closing one lane, police received a further report of a shunt involving an HGV and another vehicle.
Police were alerted to a suspected leaking tanker at around 7.20am in Launceston Road, Carkeel following reports of diesel on the road.
Further reports then came in from paramedics who said the road was very slippery near the St Mellion’s roundabout and Pillaton turning.
Police spoke to a lorry driver at 7.35am by the Pillaton turning who told officers he had seen a Volkswagen Beetle do a 360 degree spin on the road.
Highways Agency staff were called in to try and mop up some of the spillage while police officers began to slow traffic between Callington and Saltash, causing long tailbacks.
Mystery surrounds a black Suzuki Swift found damaged on the pavement by police at 6.50am on the A386 near the Woolwell roundabout.
No reports of any crash had made, despite the considerable damage to the vehicle.
Police said further checks have been carried out to trace the owner of the vehicle, including inquiries at Derriford Hospital, but the owner has yet to be traced.
The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for Devon and Cornwall - with warning of heavy rain until 3pm today.
A spokesman said: "Periods of heavy rain are expected to affect Cornwall and much of Devon well into Thursday.
"This additional rainfall following the rain earlier on Wednesday, means that the public should be prepared for an increased risk of both surface water and river flooding."
Traffic has been delayed at rush hour at sites across Plymouth including Tavistock Road, Outland Road and the A38 at Deep Lane as well as other parts of Plympton.
There were also delays on the A388 at Saltash.
Craig Woolhouse, Head of Flood Incident Management at the Environment Agency, said: "Our teams have been out around the clock to minimise the risks and prepare for flooding. We urge people to keep up to date with the weather forecast and remain prepared for flooding in their area by signing up to receive free flood warnings and staying away from dangerous flood water."
A yellow warning has been issued for Saturday with a period of heavy rain, accompanied by strong southerly winds.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “We would advise motorists to think about their speeds in wet weather.
“There is always an increased risk of aquaplaning on surface water and motorists should always drive according to the conditions.
“In plain English, that means slow down.”