A MAN was airlifted to hospital with multiple injuries after crashing his van into a tree so violently the engine ended up 25 yards away.
Police, fire, ambulance crews and a search and rescue helicopter were called to the scene of the crash on the A386 near Hatherleigh at around 3am on Saturday.
Officers said the man, who was the only occupant of the blue VW Caddy van, was left trapped in the vehicle following the collision.
He was said to be “conscious and speaking” but confused as to where the engine of the vehicle was.
Police confirmed the impact of the collision was so forceful the engine flew approximately 25 yards and ended up in nearby trees.
The 30-year-old man, who is from Hatherleigh, suffered multiple fractures and arm and hip injuries.
He was cut free from the van by fire crews before being given first aid at the scene.
A search and rescue helicopter from RMB Chivenor then landed on the nearby Hatherleigh FC pitch to collect him before taking him to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.
He has since had surgery for some of his injuries and is expected to remain in hospital for some time.
No other vehicles were involved in the early hours crash.
The road was closed while the incident was dealt with but was reopen by the morning.