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180314 | Hayle residents describe tragic A30 scene after 28-year-old St Erth man is killed in collision with lorry - Cornwall Li

Hayle residents describe tragic A30 scene after 28-year-old St Erth man is killed in collision with lorry

'There are far too many accidents on this road'

Hayle bypass reopened after fatal crash
Residents living along the A30 have been asking for improved safety measures along the busy road following the death of a 28-year-old man in a collision with a lorry.


Locals in the cul-de-sacs off Guildford Road, which runs parallel to the A30, have described how they saw a flurry of emergency services' blue lights shining through the trees that screen Cornwall's main route.

One resident in Chy Colber said he went to bed at 11pm and blue lights from ambulances, police vehicles and fire engines had dimmed down to be replaced with the bright white search lights used by crash scene investigators working to piece together what happened.


He said: "I didn't hear the crash, but when I got home I could see blue lights flashing through the trees by the rugby club. There was quite a lot. It seemed to be almost all gone by 11pm when I went to bed, but there were still bright white lights."

Devon and Cornwall Police have now revealed that a 28-year-old man from St Erth died when he was in collision with a lorry on the A30 Hayle bypass between the St Erth roundabout and the Loggans Moor roundabout.

The fatal collision happened shortly after 7pm on Tuesday (March 13) and saw the A30 closed in both directions while emergency services attended the scene and an investigation into the collision was launched by police.

The incident involved a white commercial articulated heavy goods vehicle and a pedestrian, who was walking eastbound.


A police spokesman said: "As a result of the incident the pedestrian, a 28-year-old man from the St Erth area, died at the scene of the collision. His next of kin have been informed.

"The driver of the HGV was uninjured in the incident."

The scene on the Hayle bypass on Tuesday night

The road was closed for about six hours while officers from the Roads Policing Team and Serious Collision Investigation Team carried out a forensic examination of the scene.

A young mother whose house is close to the road said she too saw the blue lights shining through the trees not far from the Gwinear road bridge over the bypass.

She said: "The trees can muffle the noise of the road and most of us tune it out, so I didn't hear anything, but we saw the lights from the emergency services. It must have been about 7pm, which is when I put my son to bed. He looked at the window because he thought the blue lights were quite exciting.


"To hear that a man died is really tragic."

The scene on the A30 this morning after the road was reopened following a six-hour investigation into a fatal collision between a pedestrian and a lorry

A fellow resident added: "I heard the loud bang when the roof came off the retail park in the storm. But I didn't hear the crash, only the sirens when the ambulances and police zoomed past. There seemed to be quite a lot of activity and it went on for some time."

A young woman living in a cul-de-sac off Nanpusker Road said she returned home after 7pm and saw the lights through the trees, but was not aware of what happened until the morning.

An elderly lady living in Col-Moor Close said she too saw the emergency services activity, but like many of the residents in the area did not witness the crash as the bypass is hidden behind a deep thicket of tall trees and bushes covering a steep earth bank.


She added: "It's really sad. I think there are far too many accidents on this road. I don't know what can be done to improve safety along that road, but accidents seem to be happening quite often, especially in the summer."




The scene on the Hayle bypass on Tuesday night

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