A38 Cornwall diversion after bridge struck during three-car crash

Police road closed sign
-Credit: (Image: West Lothian Courier/Stuart Vance)


The A38 in Cornwall remains closed after a three-car collision. National Highways has confirmed all three vehicles have been recovered, but as a car struck a railway bridge, an assessment must be carried out.

The bridge is being inspected for damage after the crash at Carminnow Cross, near the Bodmin Parkway turn-off shortly before 4pm today (Saturday, June 15). The road is closed from the A30 (Carminow Cross, Carminnow Cross) to the A390 (Twelvewoods Roundabout, Dobwalls).

National Highways reports: "Units from Devon and Cornwall Polices' Roads Policing Unit are at scene and leading the multi-agency response to this incident, alongside South West Ambulance Service and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service. National Highways service providers are also at scene to assist with debris and a spillage from the collision.

Read more:

"All three vehicles involved in the collision have been recovered, however the road remains closed in both directions to allow a specialist structural engineer to attend and assess for any damage to the bridge that was struck in the collision.

"All traffic that was caught within the closure was quickly turned and released via the rear of the queue by Devon and Cornwall Police."

Diversion Route

Road users travelling westbound are advised to follow the Solid Square diversion symbol on road signs.

  • At Dobwalls Bypass/A38 roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto A390.

  • Travel along the A390 to the junction with the B329 and turn right onto B3269, towards Bodmin.

  • Continue on the B3269 for approximately 3 miles to the roundabout with the B3268, taking the third exit.

  • After approximatly 1 mile take the first exit at the Turfdown roundabout to rejoin the A38

Road users travelling eastbound are also advised to follow the Solid Square diversion symbol on road signs.

  • At the Turfdown roundabout take the third exit, towards Lostwithiel.

  • Continue to the next roundabout and take the first exit onto the B3268 southbound.

  • Remain on the B3268 for approximately 2 miles to the junction with B3269, and keep right to continue on the B3269.

  • Stay on the B3269 to the junction with the A390, and turn right to join the A390 towards Liskeard.

  • Travel along the A390 for approximately 10 miles to the Twelvewoods junction to re-join the A38.

Highways England says there are no significant delays above usual journey times reported on approach to either closure. A spokesperson added: "If this closure impacts on your planned route, please allow extra journey time. Plan ahead, you may wish to re-route or even delay your journey."

Follow live updates in our blog here.