Rush-hour havoc following three morning crashes on the A38 in Plymouth
THREE separate accidents on the A38 caused havoc in yesterday morning's rush hour.
The major road was closed in both directions at Trerulefoot, South East Cornwall after an accident at 7am. Three vehicles collided and debris was strewn across the road.
By 8am there were long queues for the Torpoint Ferry as commuters tried to find alternate routes.
Police said a Seat Leon, a silver BMW 316i and a white Iveco van were involved.
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An ambulance was called to the scene and attended to the drives of the Seat and BMW.
The female driver of the BMW suffered suspected minor back injuries and was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth as a precaution. The male driver of the Seat Leon also suffered minor injuries. The driver of the van checked over by paramedics but was not hurt.
Police were also sent to Marsh Mills just before 7am to reports of another accident.
Police say a Volkswagen Golf and a coach collided on the sliproad but no-one was injured.
Just before 9am there was a third crash – between Marsh Mills and Deep Lane. Two cars collided, leaving one in the central reservation. The accident, involving a white Ford Fiesta, happened in the contraflow for the roadworks.
Later in the day the A38 eastbound in Plymouth was closed after a collision that left two women injured.
Firefighters from Camels Head were the first on the scene, near the St Budeaux slip road, yesterday afternoon.
They called an ambulance because one of the women was complaining of neck pains, emergency services said.
Two cars were involved in the accident at about 2.45pm – a grey Nissan Qashqai and a black Seat Ibiza.
Fire crews made the vehicles safe, and police closed the road between the St Budeaux on-slip and the Manadon roundabout while the badly damaged vehicles were recovered.
The Highways Agency dealt with oil on the road.
Emergency services said the female casualty was left in the care of the ambulance service, and the incident was left in the care of the police.
The A38 had to be shut eastbound but was reopened at 4pm.