Arrest as driver goes wrong way down A30, crashes causing life threatening injuries

Car similar to that involved in incident

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious collision on the A30 in Cornwall when a Mercedes was driven the wrong way down the carriageway.

As a result of the collision both passengers from the car that was hit have suffered serious, life threatening injuries and both remain at Derriford Hospital.

The collision happened around  7.20pm last night  (Wednesday 3 January) on the A30 Westbound carriageway between Five Lanes and Bolventor junctions.

The vehicles involved were a blue Subaru Legacy and a white Mercedes GLA 200; the collision occurred near to a location named Trewint Marsh.

The Subaru was driven by a 35-year-old man originating from Slovakia, he was accompanied by two male passengers.

The Mercedes was being driven by a 54-year-old man from Liskeard who has suffered minor injuries. He has since been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and remains in police custody.

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Cornwall Fire and Rescue service received calls from Ambulance and Police to attend. One pump from Launceston, one pump and the rescue tender from Bodmin Community Fire Station and an on duty officer were immediately mobilised by Fire Control.

On arrival the officer in charge confirmed a two vehicle road traffic collision with one person trapped.

Officers from the Alliance Roads Policing Team along with a Forensic Collision Investigator and Scenes of Crime all attended the scene and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the collision and would like to hear from anyone who has dashcam footage or who saw the Mercedes prior to the collision.