North Devon Link Road re-opened following closure caused by jack-knifed lorry

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By The Tiverton Gazette | Friday, January 18, 2013, 15:28

MOTORISTS on the A361 were among those who suffered disruption after an HGV jack-knifed this morning (January 18) as snow bought disruption to Devon roads.

A Mercedes Tesco distribution lorry was reported to police to be blocking a carriageway on the North Devon Link Road after it skidded on ice and snow shortly after 5.40am.

The A361 was closed at Bolham and a Honda CR-V and a Peugeot 508 collided in treacherous conditions at Rackenford within ten minutes of the HGV incident.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "It is fair to say we had traffic problems until at least 9am.

"There were no injuries in the two-car collision but there was front end damage to both and they were not driveable. These vehicle were recovered at around 8.45am."

Devon County Council teams were working to keep traffic moving following heavy snowfall in the early hours of Friday morning.

Most major routes were passable with care and highways chiefs warned of heavy conditions, particularly on rural roads.

Gritting lorries and ploughs were brought in to clear snow which drifted onto the dual carriageway, which runs from junction 27 of the M5 at Sampford Peverell to Barnstaple.

A number of roads across Exmoor were also closed, including the A399 at Friendship Cross due to snow drifts of up to five-foot and the B3224, Dulverton, and the B3358, near Simonsbath. Snow blowers and JCBs were called in to help clear the roads.

A county council spokesman said conditions had improved throughout the day and gritters would be out on most main roads again tonight and tomorrow, as road temperatures were set to dip below freezing.

For more information and travel advice from Devon County Council visit their website www.devon.gov.uk or for Twitter updates follow @HughHOCC and @Devonroads.

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