‘It’s a minor miracle no-one was seriously hurt in crash’

PUBLISHED: 12:30 31 March 2016

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A man was taken to hospital for his injuries after a three-car collision in the centre of Exmouth on Good Friday (March 25).

Two cars rolled onto their roofs during the incident in Exeter Road at around 11.20am. All three drivers only suffered minor injuries, with one male being taken by ambulance to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for treatment.

Firefighter Nigel Snowshall spoke of his relief that an accident of such a magnitude only resulted in minor injuries.

He said: “It was a minor miracle, on a bank holiday Friday, that this level of incident could occur with no major injuries. It happened in quite a built-up area of town and we’re just thankful that no-one was seriously hurt.”

Emergency services were called after a silver Kia Picanto, a blue Ford Fusion and a grey Nissan Almera were involved in a collision near Exeter Road’s junction with Withycombe Road.

Police closed off Exeter Road at the junction for around two hours while debris was cleared and casualties were treated.

The drivers of the other cars, both female, were treated at the scene.

One woman had to be freed from her car in an ‘upside-down’ position, while the other had freed herself.

An air ambulance also landed in Phear Park to offer support, but was not needed.

The male casualty was taken to hospital after being freed from his car via the passenger side of the vehicle.

Exmouth fire station Green Watch manager Paul Stevens said: “Fortunately, due to all of the drivers wearing their seatbelts and modern vehicle safety design, including air bags in the vehicles, there were no serious injuries due to the crash.

“The fire service recommends pre-vehicle safety checks prior to long journeys, including planning your route to allow sufficient breaks to reduce fatigue, checking tyre tread depths, pressures and the spare wheel, and road safety breakdown equipment, such as warning triangles.

“This incident highlights the importance of wearing seatbelts.”

A police spokesman said it was investigating the cause of the accident.


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