Fatal crash on A39 victim named as young father: UPDATE

The scene this morning. Pictures: Cartel/Vaughn Pickhaver

The scene this morning. Pictures: Cartel/Vaughn Pickhaver

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UPDATE: UPDATE The victim of yesterday's crash on the A39 has been named online as Dom Christophers.

The 21-year-old father was one of the drivers involved in a collision on the A39 at Stickenbridge, between Treluswell and Perranarworthal, at around 9am.

Mr Christophers, who was in his early 20s, together with his front seat passenger, another man also in his twenties, were both airlifted to Truro’s Royal Cornwall Hospital.

It was subsequently confirmed that Mr Christophers had died as a result of his injuries, while his passenger has sustained injuries to his leg and wrist, described by police as “serious".

UPDATE: Highways department workers remaining at the scene this evening, clearing the debris. 

Police have said that the road is expected to stay closed until around 7.30pm, due to the amount of diesel on the road. 

UPDATE: One person is confirmed to have died following the crash this morning on the A39

A police spokesman said: "The driver of the Ford Focus has died. His next-of-kin are being informed. The male passenger has suffered serious injuries and remains in hospital.

The two occupants of the Mercedes van are 'relatively unharmed'.

The road remains closed and will be for some time to allow the removal of vehicles and to allow collision investigators to assess the scene.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the incident or anyone seeing the vehicles – a silver Ford Focus and a white Mercedes Sprinter van – to please call police on 101 quoting ref 168 of 28 October.

Falmouth Packet:

The people in the van were 'relatively unharmed' according to police

UPDATE: Police report they were called to the scene of a "serious collision" on the A39 close to Treluswell Roundabout, near Truro at 9am this morning.

A spokesman said that police officers along with fire and ambulance crews attended the two-vehicle smash.

A Mercedes Sprinter van and a Ford Focus were involved in the collision.
Two men have been taken to Treliske Hospital in Truro and police have closed the road. 
Diversions are in place but drivers are advised to avoid the area for the meantime.

Heavy vehicles in particular are advised not to use this route until further notice.

Police advice is for all vehicles to avoid the A39 between Truro and Penryn, the diversion is not suitable for larger vehicles. The closure is likely to be on-going for some time. Diversion via Bissoe Valley.

Collision investigators are at the scene and are likely to be for some time.

Reports the A39 closed due to 'serious' accident this morning with two people airlifted to hospital after a head on crash.

Affecting traffic between Devoran and Treluswell. Long delays are reported.

Fire service say they were called at 9.45am, with two fire appliances from Falmouth fire station and the rescue tender from Camborne fire station mobilised to the incident. The fire service made the scene safe.

 

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3:26pm Mon 28 Oct 13

Ally0000007 says...

Why put a picture up ? Think of the family of the person who has died , condolences to the family.
Why put a picture up ? Think of the family of the person who has died , condolences to the family. Ally0000007
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10:21pm Tue 29 Oct 13

moneal136 says...

Which ever way you look at it, another very sad loss of a young life. No matter what the cause.
All of the latest suggestions on altering the rules about newly qualified drivers would not make any difference, it would appear they think accidents only happen at night.
We need to have a better structured training programme and help newly qualified drivers to understand the consequences of what they are doing. Please note I am not blaming anyone for causing this tragedy.
Far too many young people are being killed and injured, my heart goes out to this young mans family.
Which ever way you look at it, another very sad loss of a young life. No matter what the cause. All of the latest suggestions on altering the rules about newly qualified drivers would not make any difference, it would appear they think accidents only happen at night. We need to have a better structured training programme and help newly qualified drivers to understand the consequences of what they are doing. Please note I am not blaming anyone for causing this tragedy. Far too many young people are being killed and injured, my heart goes out to this young mans family. moneal136
  • Score: 1

8:43am Fri 1 Nov 13

molesworth says...

Over the years many car crashes have happened at this accident black spot. I, along with many other people I'm sure, can make a guess as to what happened. It's very, very tragic for all concerned. Orphans most poignantly.
In France at such accident black spots they erect life-sized 'shadows' of people representing those who have died there. It's incredibly effective and drivers instinctively slow down when they see them. I wish we had such a thing here as I truly believe it would save lives.
Over the years many car crashes have happened at this accident black spot. I, along with many other people I'm sure, can make a guess as to what happened. It's very, very tragic for all concerned. Orphans most poignantly. In France at such accident black spots they erect life-sized 'shadows' of people representing those who have died there. It's incredibly effective and drivers instinctively slow down when they see them. I wish we had such a thing here as I truly believe it would save lives. molesworth
  • Score: 5

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