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Serious Collision A385 Totnes Road

Major incident

5:30pm Update

Police and fire continue to work at the scene where a double-decker bus overturned on the A385 on Totnes Road, this morning.

A spokesperson on behalf of the blue light services who have been involved in this operation, said: “Following the incident near Lombcrombe Cross at around 11am today (5 October), 37 people sustained injuries, of which eight people are described as having potentially seriously injuries.

“Those injured have been conveyed to Bristol, Exeter, Torbay, Derriford, and Newton Abbott for treatment and ongoing assessment by medical professionals; All who were sent to Newton Abbott Hospital have since been discharged.

“In addition, 10 further people were assessed and supported at Paignton library by police and medical professionals, but did not require any further medical treatment.

“The scene is now in the hands of the police, and officers from the serious collisions investigation unit continue with their enquiries. We can confirm that the driver of the bus has not been arrested, but he is helping police with our investigations into this incident.

“On top of this, the vehicle will need to be righted and recovered which will be challenging, therefore a cordon plus closures around the scene will remain in place possibly until tomorrow morning.

“There are a number of localised closures that still remain in place, please see the traffic watch website (https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/news/traffic-watch/) for the latest on these.

“Today has seen emergency services and health partners come together to response to this serious collision. This major multi-agency effort to support those involved and has understandably added to existing pressure on the health services.

“Therefore we are not only appealing to the public to both avoid the area, but also ask that people also avoid attending accident and emergency units unless it is an actual emergency, to help alleviate some of the pressure.”

If you need advice over a non-urgent injury please call 111, always call 999 in an emergency.

Bob Dennison, Managing Director of Stagecoach South West, said: "Our continuing thoughts are with all those affected by the accident, particularly the passengers who remain in hospital. To provide assistance and support for these customers and  their families, we have set up a special confidential helpline number, 0333 023 0160, and we hope this will be helpful."


3:15pm Update

Emergency services continue to work at the scene where a double-decker bus overturned on the A385 on Totnes Road, this morning.

A police spokesperson said: “Health partners have indicated there may now be up to eight casualties who are described as having potentially seriously injuries.

“These injured people have been conveyed to a number of hospitals across the region for treatment and ongoing assessment by medical professionals.

“A number of uninjured passengers have also been taken to Paignton Bus Station and Paignton Library to provide them with support and assistance for their onward journeys; paramedics were also present at these locations to ensure all were well.

“All casualties have left the location however the road will remain closed for foreseeable future as investigative work continues at the scene.

“Officers from the serious collisions investigation unit remain at the scene and their enquiries continue. We can confirm that the driver of the bus has not been arrested, but he is helping police with our investigations into this incident.”

There are a number of localised closures in place, please see the traffic watch website (https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/news/traffic-watch/) for the latest on these.

We will continue to issue updates throughout the day, and we thank the public for their patience.


A number of closures are in place.

Update 12:25pm

Emergency services are currently at the scene following a serious collision on the A385 on Totnes Road.

The collision took place between Totnes and Paignton, near to Lombcrombe Cross at around 11am today (5 October).

A double-decker bus has overturned and a number of passengers have sustained injuries.

Currently we believe that one person has sustained serious injuries.

We also have over a dozen people who have sustained minor injuries and remain at the scene.

The South West Ambulance Service have declared this a major incident and therefore have sent considerable resources to the scene, including a number of ambulances, patient transport vehicles and the air ambulance for support.

Police and Fire are also at the scene offering assistance.

There are a number of localised closures in place, please see the traffic watch website (https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/news/traffic-watch/) for the latest on these.

We expect this incident to keep the road closed for the foreseeable future and we advise all road users to avoid the area and to seek alternative routes.

We will continue to issue updates throughout the day, and we thank the public for their patience.


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