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Driver arrested after death of motorcyclist near Liskeard

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 08, 2012

A motorcyclist who died after crashing with an on-coming car and an HGV lorry on a busy Cornish road was a man aged in his 70s, police have said.

The six-vehicle accident happened on the A38 at Halfway House, in the Glynn Valley, near Liskeard, leading to closures in both directions.

The as yet unnamed man came from Liskeard.

Officers said the 37-year-old male driver of a BMW involved in the incident was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The man, from St Austell, was later released on police bail until January.

It is thought the motorcyclist might have swerved in order to avoid a car but collided with the wagon.

Emergency services were called the scene on Thursday at around 2.20pm.

A police spokesman said: "It is thought that there were six vehicles involved, including a motorcyclist who was pronounced deceased at the scene.

"The scene was clear by around midnight and the road was reopened around 6am yesterday.

"The motorcyclist was a local man from the Liskeard area in his early seventies who had been travelling eastbound towards Liskeard when he collided with a car and a HGV which was travelling in the opposite direction.

"His next of kin have been informed."

In a separate motorcycle accident yesterday, a man had to be released by firefighters after his vehicle ended up on top of him.

Crews were called to Shell Close, Plymouth, at just after 7am.

Two fire engines from Crownhill and Plympton arrived at the scene where a man aged in his 50s was trapped.

Small tools were used to free the man before paramedics took over. His condition was not known last night.

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