Fatal collisions on the N Devon link road – update

Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall Police

It’s hard to find the words…so this is direct from Devon & Cornwall Police.

Collision on 30th July: A 9-year-old girl has died following a two vehicle collision on the A361 near to West Buckland on Sunday 30 July 2017.

Police were called at 11.30am to reports that a Vauxhall Vectra car travelling towards Barnstaple was involved in a collision with a Ford Ranger 4×4 towing a trailer travelling in the opposite direction.

The Vauxhall driver, a woman in her 30s, was airlifted to Bristol Southmead Hospital with serious injuries. Her 7-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter were taken to Bristol Children’s Hospital.

The 9-year-old girl passed away yesterday afternoon [Tuesday 1 August] as a result of the collision.

The driver of the Ford sustained minor injuries and was released from hospital.

At the time of the collision, it was dry but it had been raining and the road surface was wet.

Police from across the force area attended the scene and a full forensic scene and vehicle examination was carried out.

If anyone witnessed this incident, please email 101@dc.police.uk or call 101 quoting 0383 of the 30th July.


Collision on 31st July: Additionally,  Police have today named the mother and her twin children who tragically lost their lives in a collision on the A361 near Landkey Junction, Barnstaple, on Monday 31 July.

Jane Baker-Lockett, 43, and her children, 12-year-old twins James and Amy Gaskin died when the car they were travelling in was involved in a collision.

Emergency services were called at 8.25am to the A361 at Barnstaple following a two vehicle collision between a white Kia Sportage travelling towards Barnstaple and a lorry travelling in the opposite direction.

The family were from the Milton Keynes area and were travelling in a separate vehicle from her husband and her 14-year-old son. They were not directly involved in the incident.

The road was closed for nine hours whilst officers from the Exeter Serious Collision Investigation Unit examined the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police by email on 101@dc.police.uk or call 101 quoting 0125 of the 31st July.

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