Man dies after being hit by tyre alongside A38

A man in his 70s has died after being struck by a tyre from a passing vehicle while out walking his dog near the A38. The incident happened at around 10.30am today (September 1) between the Drumbridges Roundabout and Chudleigh Knighton junction on the dual carriageway heading towards Exeter. Emergency services were dispatched to the scene and led to the road to be closed on both sides while initial investigations took place.

The Cornwall-bound side reopened at around 12pm and Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that the eastbound carriageway closure was lifted at 4.50pm. Officers have also confirmed that the man who was hit by the tyre has died and the driver of the vehicle involved has been traced.

A police statement said: “A man has died after being struck by a tyre on the A38 near Newton Abbot this morning. “Police were called to the A38 between the Drumbridges Roundabout and Chudleigh Knighton junction at around 10.30am with a report that a dog walker had been struck by a tyre which appeared to have originated from a passing vehicle.

“A local man in his 70s was pronounced deceased shortly afterwards. His next-of-kin has been informed. “The vehicle has been traced and enquiries are being made with the driver.

“A road closure on the eastbound carriageway was implemented for several hours, re-opening at 4.50pm.” An investigation is currently being held into the incident. Anyone with information should contact police by call 101 or emailing 101@dc.police.uk and quoting log number 261 of 1/9/20.

There have been several other incidents which have led to delays on Devon’s roads today with updates and more information available via our live blog here.

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