A30 Closure Westbound between the A377 and the A382, Devon. Friday 28th October 2016.
The A30 in Devon was closed westbound between the A377 (Cheriton Bishop) and the A382 (Whiddon Down), due to a traffic collision involving a car and heavy goods vehicle. The heavy goods vehicle which was transporting chilled food overturned.
At approximately 02:07 Devon & Cornwall Police made our colleagues at the Highways England South West Regional Control Centre aware of a serious traffic collision involving a car and HGV. Initial reports suggested that the HGV had possibly overturned across the westbound carriageway, with the driver of the HGV reported trapped in his vehicle. Devon & Cornwall Police, Fire & Ambulance Services were dispatched to scene. Our National Traffic Operations Centre (NTOC) in Birmingham was also informed and Variable Message Signs (VMS) were immediately set on the M5 to warn road users of the closure. Highways England National Incident Liaison Officers (NILO) utilised social media on our @HighwaysSWest Twitter feed, they also issued a report to the travel media informing of the closure.
The driver of the HGV was trapped inside his vehicle; passers-by were talking to him and made him comfortable until the emergency services arrived to extract the driver. Unfortunately, both the HGV driver and a passenger in the car sustained serious injuries which would require immediate medical attention. Air Ambulance was requested and deployed to scene. Devon & Cornwall Police also confirmed they would be conducting full collision investigation works. During this time our contractors had arrived on scene to assist Police with their closures.
A diversion route was implemented which took road users off the A30 at Woodleigh Junction and follow a local road which runs parallel to the A30. Continuing along this road through Cheriton Bishop and Crockernwell re-joining the A30 at Whiddon Down.
During the collision investigation, officers from the ‘Serious Collisions Investigation Team’ examined the scene. The car had broken down and was partially in the inside lane, the HGV took evasive action to avoid the vehicle and overturned. The collision investigation, vehicle recovery and clean-up that needed to be undertaken meant that the road would remain closed well into the morning and possibly beyond. Once the collision investigation was complete, our contractors were able to inspect the road to ascertain if there was any damage. Upon inspection it became clear that the road would potentially require resurfacing, once HGV recovery was complete.
Circa 12:14 the complex recovery of the HGV had begun. Two recovery vehicles had started to right the vehicle. Traffic on the eastbound carriageway had temporarily been stopped to enable this operation; delays at this time were reported to be 36 minutes on the eastbound carriageway above normal journey time. Delays of 10 minutes were detected on approach to the westbound closure. Upon the HGV being righted eastbound traffic was released.
Devon and Cornwall Police and the recovery agents made the decision to tow the HGV to the nearest services and unload the contents of the trailer. This enabled our contractors to attend to the road surface and removal of debris.
The closure was lifted at 15:43, lane 2 remained closed for final clean-up work and the road was fully opened at 16:04.
If you were affected by this closure Highways England would like to thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this event.
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