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Driver dies after car enters Slapton Ley lake

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 22, 2014

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An investigation is taking place after a driver died when his car plunged into a lake in South Devon, police said.

The motorist came off the A379 in Torcross and careered into Slapton Ley – the largest natural lake in the South West of England – in the early hours of today.

Police said the crash happened near the Start Bay Inn and the war memorial.

“The male driver was treated by paramedics but was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later,” a Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said.

“Formal identification has not yet taken place, although next of kin have been informed.

“Officers from the serious collisions investigation unit have conducted an examination of the scene and are investigating the circumstances of the collision.”

The A379 was closed by police from around midnight on Friday and reopened at 7.20am the same day.

Police divers carried out a search of the submerged vehicle, a silver BMW compact, and surrounding area at 9:30am today to confirm there were no other casualties.

Any witnesses to the collision, or anyone with information to assist the investigation, are asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting log number 10 of 22/08/14.

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