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Man airlifted to hospital after car flies through the air in Dartmoor crash

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

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A man was airlifted to Hospital yesterday after being cut free from a vehicle at Princetown.

The car flew 20metres through the air and landed with enoiugh force to detach the engine.

Two fire appliances from Tavistock attended the scene and police have reported that a car left the road at Cox Tor and landed upside down.

The male driver was the sole occupant of the car travelling from the direction of Princetown along the B3357 road approaching the popular Pork Hill car park above Tavistock.

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The car left the road at a bend where the road is elevated and flew 20 metres from the carriageway, landing nose-first in a soft bank with enough force to detach the engine.

The man, driving a silver Skoda Yeti, has a suspected shoulder injury.

Retired Police Traffic Officer Mike Kinsey who passed the, said: "In 12 years of traffic policing around this area I seldom saw a scene as amazing as this one, It goes to show how safe modern cars can be if seat belts are worn and luck favours you.

"This driver was incredibly lucky."

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  • roverdale  |  May 01 2014, 11:22AM

    What sort of speed was the driver doing to project the vehicle 20 meters through the air. It was obviously not a safe speed or was it?

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