Five vehicle pile-up in Topsham

TWO people were taken to hospital after a road traffic incident which involved five vehicles on Topsham s High Street. A small pick-up loaded with cement and four other vehicles were involved in the shunt last Tuesday, May 4. Two people, one an elderly ba

TWO people were taken to hospital after a road traffic incident which involved five vehicles on Topsham's High Street.

A small pick-up loaded with cement and four other vehicles were involved in the shunt last Tuesday, May 4.

Two people, one an elderly back-seat passenger, were taken to the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital with minor injuries. The road was closed while two vehicles were towed away.

Rob Newby, Topsham ward councillor for Exeter City Council, helped care for people involved in the pile-up.


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He said: "I was standing to the side of Matthews Hall talking to the fishmonger, when the incident unfolded."

Cllr Newby, who used to work for the fire service, added: "I went over to one vehicle which had a young lady and a baby onboard.

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"I asked somebody to phone for the emergency services because we didn't quite know what state the lady was in.

"She wasn't badly injured at that point but was shocked and concerned for the welfare of her son who had been asleep in the rear.

"I made sure they were both ok. There was two off-duty retained firefighters who turned up at the scene aswell.

"I indicated to them that there was an elderly lady in another vehicle who seemed dazed and they went round to see to her."

Cllr Newby said a number of people who happened to be in the area at the time helped deal with the incident to safeguard the welfare of those involved in the incident.

He heaped praise on those individuals as well as the emergency services.

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