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A30 at Penzance closed in both directions after car crash

By CMJohannaCarr  |  Posted: May 19, 2013

  • A30 at Penzaance closed in both directions after car crash

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A driver has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after a crash that closed both lanes of the A30 at Penzance this afternoon.

The grey Vauxhall Astra left the road near Tesco at Eastern Green, had gone into some railings and collided with an electrical control box for traffic lights, ending up on its side in the central reservation at around 3.45pm.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said the driver was treated on the scene by paramedics for minor injuries.

He said: "The driver was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and taken by police to custody for further testing."

Traffic is being diverted along Jelbert Way while Western Power check the control box to isolate it and make sure it was safe.

Five firefighters from Penzance were called to the scene.

A spokeswoman for the fire service said that when the crews arrived the box was "smoking and still live".

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  • josdave  |  May 20 2013, 3:34PM

    The courts are, in my opinion, too soft on drink drivers. The sentence for a second offence, when clearly the lesson has not been learned, should be a prison term and a life ban when they get out. This particular idiot is lucky nobody was injured or worse killed. Drink drivers are, I agree, a menace to the general public and need to be suitably punished when caught.

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  • english242k13  |  May 20 2013, 12:11AM

    some parking that

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  • PaddyTrembath  |  May 19 2013, 11:16PM

    And there was me, blaming Sainsburys when I found the road closed this afternoon. From where the car ended up, I would say he was both drunk, and speeding, good job no-one was crossing the road at the time.

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  • BradleyJJS  |  May 19 2013, 6:35PM

    No sympathy from me if they get banned for life, drink drivers are a curse, that picture sends shivers up my spine. Even if he was not drinking the public would be in a better place if they are never allowed to drive a car again.

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