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Inquests opened into the A30 deaths of Stuart Long and Andrew West

By CG_Steve  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

Scene of the fatal accident on the A30 on Friday, January 3

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INQUESTS have been opened into the deaths of two men killed in crashes on the A30 in recent weeks.

Stuart Long died on Sunday, December 22, and was reportedly standing on the eastbound carriageway near Launceston when he was struck by three vehicles.

The 38-year-old, from Launceston, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Businessman Andrew West, 59, from Teignmouth, died after his white Jaguar XK left the westbound carriageway at Kennards House, and collided with trees on Friday, January 3.

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Cornwall’s coroner Emma Carlyon opened and adjourned separate inquests into the men’s deaths this morning, and will review them again at the end of the month.

The purpose of an inquest is to establish the circumstances surrounding sudden or unexpected deaths, and not to deal with issues of criminal liability.

Meanwhile, police are continuing investigations into both tragedies.

In the case of Mr Long, the male driver of a white Peugeot Boxer van, registered to St Columb Major, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and interviewed by police. The 50-year-old local man has been released on police bail until March 12.

The other vehicles involved were a blue Peugeot 106, registered to Launceston, and a white Mercedes Sprinter van registered to Newton Abbot.

The female driver of the Peugeot 106 and both male van drivers were treated by paramedics at the scene for shock.

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