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UPDATE: Multi-vehicle crash closes Bideford's Torridge Bridge

By NDJFran  |  Posted: March 11, 2013

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The crash occurred on the Torridge Bridge in Bideford on Saturday afternoon.

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A seven-vehicle crash closed Torridge Bridge in Bideford for several hours on Saturday.

Police, ambulance and fire crews were called to the scene of the crash at around 1.20pm.

Police said seven cars were involved in the crash including a blue Kia Saloon (registered to an address in Ilfracombe), a silver Vauxhall Astra (Barnstaple), a blue Ford Fiesta (Ilfracombe), a red Seat Saloon (Bude), a silver Peugeot 206 (East Sussex), a white Ford Transit van (Barnstaple) and a green Vauxhall Astra (Westward Ho!).

No-one sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash although a police spokesman said one woman was taken to North Devon District Hospital with a neck injury.

Fire crews attended from Barnstaple to make the scene safe and help deal with casualties.

Watchman Steven Isaac said: "We attended the scene to make vehicles safe. We also did some casualty handling as there was only one ambulance on the scene when we arrived.

"The accident happened directly on the bridge so it was closed off. One lane was re-opened by the time we left an hour later."

Highways crews were also called to the scene to clear the bridge and deal with debris.

Traffic in the area was very heavy and motorists were advised to avoid the area and seek an alternative route.

People took to Twitter to comment on the accident. James Galliford said: “Something bad gone down on Bideford New bridge. 2 Ambulances 2 Fire engines and 3 Police cars. Avoid if poss. Hope it's not too bad. #ndevon”

The incident was cleared and the road reopened by 3.55pm.

Did you witness the crash? Do you have any pictures? If so contact Francesca Taffs on 07827978918.

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