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Topsham Road in Exeter reopens after collision that killed motorcycle passenger

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

The scene on Topsham Road

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Topsham Road in Exeter has re-opened following a collision that left one person dead yesterday afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the crash, involving a Suzuki motorcycle and a Jeep, at 3.40pm on Topsham Road close to Retreat Drive.

A pillion passenger on the motorcycle has been pronounced dead. The driver of the motorcycle was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital after suffering "serious" injuries.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said they were not releasing any further details on the casualty at this stage as they were still tracing family members.

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They said: "We can confirm that one person on the motorcyle has died the other has been taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital with serious injuries.

"No further details are being released at this time as all family members have not yet been informed."

The road re-opened at 11:15pm.

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  • Sanders1  |  April 16 2014, 1:07PM

    And obviously your extensive experience of collision investigation techniques makes you an expert to comment on the length of the road closure required. How long did it take to remove the casualties from the scene? How long did it take specialist collision investigation staff to arrive on scene? They may have had to travel from Bodmin, and may have already been doing a job elsewhere in the Devon & Cornwall area. How complicated is the scene? - It is suggested that it's on a junction which means a lot more work as there are at least two and possibly three roads to completely survey, map and assess for anything which may have had an influence on this incident. Thee is only one chance to gather all the relevant information - once the road is opened that evidence is gone forever, so it has to be done right. Please don't think that anyone wants this type of road closure to be prolonged any more than necessary, but as a society we need to understand why 16-24yr old males are more likely to die on our roads than from any other cause.

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  • Trustee  |  April 16 2014, 9:39AM

    Very sad for the casualties and I can understand an investigation was needed, but shutting the road for over 7 hours seems excessive to me.

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