Biker injured during day of serious incidents on A38 in Plymouth

A crash has sparked long delays on the Tamar Bridge
-Credit: (Image: Tamar Crossings)

A motorcyclist has been injured in a crash on the A38 in Plymouth. Two motorcycle crashes on the busy road are causing long delays and queuing traffic at either end of Plymouth through rush hour this evening.

The road has been partially closed westbound, near Plympton, after the first of two crashes just 15 minutes before the second on the Devon Expressway. Devon and Cornwall Police were called to the stretch of road near Deep Lane at around 4.20pm today, Monday, June 24, after a crash involving a car and a motorcycle.

The ambulance service is also at the scene and the motorcyclist is reported to have sustained injuries, a police spokesperson has said. Traffic monitor Inrix says: "Long delays and slow traffic due to accident, two vehicles involved on A38 Expressway Westbound near Deep Lane Junction. Congestion to Ivybridge."

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Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Police were called at 4.20pm on Monday June 24 following reports of a collision involving a car and a motorcycle on the A38 near Plympton.

"The ambulance service has also been called to the scene. The motorcyclist is reported to have been injured in the collision. A partial road closure has been put in place."

Around 15 minutes later, police officers rushed to reports of a second car-motorcycle collision at the opposite end of Plymouth, near the Tamar Bridge. The road there is closed eastbound, a police spokesperson said, with both the South Western Ambulance Service and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service at the scene. The extent of any injuries sustained in the two motorcycle crashes are not yet clear.

Traffic monitor Inrix reports: "A38 Expressway Eastbound blocked, long delays due to accident from Tamar Bridge to St Budeaux Junction. Congestion to before Carkeel Roundabout." At both locations, traffic heading into Plymouth is affected and long delays have been reported. For more A38 traffic updates, head to the live blog on our website.

This comes after an earlier closure on the A38 at Marsh Mills. Emergency services were called out to reports of concern for welfare for a woman on the wrong side of the railings on a bridge. She was safely brought down after emergency services engaged with her.

A police spokesperson said: "Police were called at around 2.50pm on Monday 24 June to reports of a concern of welfare of a woman on the wrong side of the railings on a bridge at Marsh Mills roundabout, Plymouth.

"Emergency services engaged with the woman, and she has been brought safely from the bridge. A temporary road closure was lifted at 3.30pm."