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Police contact family of man killed on A30

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 01, 2014

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FATAL:  The scene on the A30 road looking towards Devon from Launceston after the tragedy which claimed the life of a pedestrian.

FATAL: The scene on the A30 road looking towards Devon from Launceston after the tragedy which claimed the life of a pedestrian.

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POLICE have contacted the relatives of a 38-year-old man who died in a collision on the A30 just outside Launceston before Christmas.

The man is believed to have been standing beside the eastbound carriageway when he was hit by three vehicles at around 5.50am on Sunday, December 22.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The male driver of a white Peugeot Boxer van, registered to St Columb Major, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and interviewed by police.

The 50-year-old local man has been released on police bail until March 12.

The two other vehicles involved were a blue Peugeot 106, registered to Launceston, and a white Mercedes Sprinter van, registered to Newton Abbot.

The female driver of the Peugeot 106 and both male van drivers were treated for shock by paramedics at the scene.

A Police Response Officer, based in Exeter, is making inquiries with the dead man's family and was in touch with them last week.

However, due to what are described as horrific injuries, a positive formal identification is likely to take some time.

The collision affected both carriageways which were closed for a number of hours while officers from the Serious Collisions Investigation Unit and a body recovery team worked at the scene.

A thorough investigation was undertaken and inquiries continue into the circumstances of the collision.

The westbound carriageway was reopened at around 1pm and the eastbound carriageway five hours later.

The Highways Agency put in place effective diversions which ensured there was no major traffic disruption.

Sergeant Jane Corkhill, from the Serious Collisions Investigation Unit in Plymouth, said: "This was a very challenging and horrific scene for everyone involved.

"Officers and staff dealing with the collision have been working in incredibly difficult circumstances and have been offered support for dealing with the upsetting nature of this incident."

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call police on 101, quoting log 218 of 22/12/13.

The accident occurred near the scene of another fatal accident on January 19, 2013.

A 34-year-old electrical engineer from Poland was hit by a lorry as a walked into the road from his car which appeared to have broken down in the nearby lay-by.

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