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Motorist killed in crash with tractor on A30

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 04, 2013

FATAL:  Workmen repairing the crash barrier on the A30 at Trewint  where a fatal accident occurred on Monday evening.

FATAL: Workmen repairing the crash barrier on the A30 at Trewint where a fatal accident occurred on Monday evening.

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A MAN was killed in a crash on the A30 at Five Lanes, near Launceston, after his red Skoda was in collision with a tractor pulling a trailer, loaded with grass.

The accident happened on the westbound carriageway at Trewint, shortly before 5pm on Monday evening.

The road was closed for eight hours until 1am yesterday while an investigation was carried out.

The tractor and trailer overturned in the crash and its male driver, who is thought to come from the St Mabyn area, and was working at Five Lanes, was taken with minor injuries to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. The deceased man was from Hampshire but has not yet been named.

A resident near the scene said the tractor ended up in the westbound lane in which the car was travelling while the trailer was overturned in the eastbound lane.

"I heard three awful thumps," he said.

There are no further details available at this time regarding the driver of the car who died in the collision, police said.

Diversions were put in place and long queues formed as vehicles were reversed by the police back up the road to the nearest junction.

Repair work to the barrier was being carried out yesterday as the Cornish Guardian went to press.

Witnesses should call the police on 101.

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  • wengar2810  |  December 05 2013, 9:31AM

    I am a family member of this mans family. Just because he is a elderly man was fit to drive and if it was a fault of the ELDERLY MAN how could a car turn over a tractor. Plus the tractor ended up on the wrong side on the carriage way proberbly trying to beat his car. At the end of the day comments like this blaiming the Elderly man he has lost his life he is still a dad a grandad and a great grandad

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  • cburt78  |  December 05 2013, 12:24AM

    Oh right you do you mean drive through every field from St Mabyn to Five lanes yeah that would work!!!! and his trailor was hit from behind by an elderly driver so i dont think he is to blame and i think the problem with our roads isnt tractors its idiots who are always in a rush.we have to accept tractors as we live in a rural place,or you could move to London abd sit in traffic for hours!!!

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  • josdave  |  December 04 2013, 7:02PM

    To hit a tractor on a dual carriageway cannot in any way be the fault of the tractor driver and yet here we have the usual anti-farmer comment.

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  • Mennaye  |  December 04 2013, 1:03PM

    Tractors are not allowed on Motorways, I think its time for a new law to be brought in for Tractors and other farm vehicles to be banned from duel carriage-ways as well? May be even All other roads as well, and make farmers and farm workers go from field to field through their fields instead of using roads? Or at least ban them from using Duel-carriageways? I would also like to see a law brought in that when they are on all single stretch roads, they must pull over at the 1st pull in space? To many times I have been in a queue of traffic, and tractor drivers have not pulled over .

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