Girl, five, dies after car crash on A35 at Wilmington near Honiton

A five-year-old girl has died after a car crash on the A35 at Wilmington, near Honiton, on Sunday afternoon (January 16), police have confirmed.

Emergency services were called to the two-vehicle collision on a stretch of the road at Fern Lane at around 2.35pm. It involved a white BMW 318 and blue Land Rover Discovery Sport.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said this morning: “The driver of the BMW, who is a man in his 30s, plus a female passenger also in her 30s, were taken to hospital with injuries not believed to be serious.

“An eight-year-old girl remains in hospital after sustaining serious injuries, but these are not thought to be life-threatening.

“Tragically, a five-year-old girl, who was also a passenger in the BMW, died following the collision.

“All four occupants of the BMW are a family from the Saltash area of Cornwall.”

The spokesperson added: “The driver of the Land Rover, a woman in her 50s from the Tooting area of London, was taken to Dorchester Hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.”

Road closures were in place at White Cross, Tower Cross and Greystone, until around 10pm.

Police are appealing for witnesses and would like to hear from anyone who saw either vehicle prior to the incident or witnessed the collision itself.

Officers would also like to hear from anyone who may have dashcam footage that could help the investigation.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101, or email 101@dc.police.uk, quoting log number 465 of January 16.

The force’s Roads Policing Team thanked members of the public for their patience while the road was closed as emergency services attended and a forensic investigation took place.

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