Police appeal for witnesses after man dies in early-hours crash at Clyst St Mary

Police investigating a crash on the Sidmouth road at Clyst St Mary, where a man aged in his 20s died, are appealing for witnesses.

The emergency services were called to a stretch of the A3052 shortly after midnight on Wednesday, December 23, after a crash involving an articulated lorry and a blue Audi car.

Devon and Cornwall Police said a man in his 20s from Tiverton died at the scene.

Officers want to hear from anyone who witnessed the crash or who has dashcam footage.

The road was shut while the scene was examined and police thanked the public for their patience during the closure.

A force spokesperson said: “Police are appealing for witnesses of a collision on the A3052 Sidmouth Road, Clyst St Mary, near Exeter, just after midnight this morning, Wednesday 23 December, during which a man in his 20s died.

“The collision involved a large goods articulated vehicle and a blue Audi car.

“Police attended the scene along with South West Ambulance and Devon Air Ambulance crews.

“Sadly, the driver of the car, a man in his 20s from Tiverton, was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

The spokesperson added: “Officers from the Roads Policing Unit and Forensic Collision Investigators also attended and the road was closed for several hours while specialist examination and recovery of the vehicles took place.

“Anyone who witnessed the collision, or was in the area at the time and may have dashcam footage of either vehicle prior to the collision, is asked to contact police.

“Police would like to thank the public for their patience during the closure while the scene was investigated.”

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue said a fire engine and heavy rescue vehicle from Middlemoor and Clyst St George fire stations attended.

The spokesperson added: “On arrival crews confirmed that this collision involved one lorry and one car, with a person trapped in each vehicle.

“Crews used hydraulic cutting equipment to release both casualties.

“Both police and ambulance were also in attendance.”

If you have information to help police, call 101, or via email at 101@dc.police.uk quoting log number 14, 23/12/20.

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