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Lorry driver arrested and released on bail after two cyclists killed in crash on A30 near Newquay

By bevcoumbe  |  Posted: July 02, 2013

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UPDATE: The A30 Eastbound has now re-opened at Summercourt following the earlier incident.

UPDATE: A Holsworthy man,in his thirties, arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, has been relased on police bail while investigations continue.


Two cyclists have died following a crash on the A30 involving a lorry this morning.

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It is believed the cyclists could have been riding the famous Land's End to John O'Groats route when the incident happened.

Police say the next of kin are currently being identified and that they are not believed to be local.

The lorry involved was an articulated Frys Logistics lorry from Launceston - the driver of which has been arrested and taken into custody on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The A30 was closed in both directions at Summercourt, around one mile before the Fraddon exit while air ambulance, police, fire and ambulance crews arrived at around 8.30am.

A police spokesman said: “Due to the backpack gear the cyclists were carrying it is thought they were on a long-distance event.

"However, it is not known at this stage whether or not it was a charity event.”


The westbound carriageway of the A30 has now reopened but eastbound carriageway remains closed between Carland Cross and Highgate and is likely to remain so until mid-afternoon.

Motorists are being advised to avoid the area.

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  • Apostrophenow  |  July 03 2013, 9:37AM

    Mr Jams, I don't imagine Bev Coumbe actually took the photos herself; in my experience of trying to get the press interested in events, reporters almost never get out of the office these days. It was probably some passer-by with a mobile phone. And why is a smashed car a more appropriate image than a mangled a bike? Is it to do with the number of wheels? What about a motorbike, then? We see plenty of those. Or a trike? As for whether the victims are local, it's a local newspaper; any death is terrible, but if it's someone readers might know personally, obviously that matters. And it reads more as if the police volunteered the information than that Ms Coumbe wrung it out of them. Still, you've had a good excuse for a burst of righteous indignation, so that's the main thing.

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  • jimjams2011  |  July 02 2013, 11:51PM

    Dear bevcoumbe, Are you a GHOUL? I know that it is 'ususal' to show smashed cars in this paper, but It is highly inappropriate and in poor taste to show a mangled bicycle on the road. Can you show some respect for the person's families? I also can't believe that one of the first questions you asked the officers was "Are they local?" Showing the traditional approach to anything in a league of gentleman style?

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