A38 blocked at Heathfield after cattle trailer crashes into fuel tanker
A dramatic crash on the A38 involving a cattle trailer and fuel tanker led to two pigs having to be destroyed.
Police, fire crews and paramedics were called to the westbound carriageway of the A38 at Heathfield in Devon near the turning for Trago Mills retail store at 8:30am today.
Police say it is believed the trailer, which was being towed by a van, began wobbling and collided with the rear of the petrol tanker, leaving it impaled and pointing in the air on the back of the tanker.
The box trailer was carrying two pigs which police say have been put down after they suffered serious injuries.
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The two occupants of the van, a man and a woman, were shaken but not injured.
Three fire crews, from Ashburton, Buckfastleigh and Bovey Tracey, were called to the scene and laid out a compressed air foam hose reel and one main jet as a precaution while the vehicles were recovered and made safe.
A crane was required to detach and recover the trailer from the tanker.
The road was reopened at around 10:50am.
Lane two of the A38 is flowing freely, say police.